Florida unemployment rate steady at 3.9%

Florida unemployment rate steady at 3.9%

Hancock County's rate climbed to 3.5 percent in January from 3.4 percent in December, the State Job and Family Services Department reported.

Data released by the state Commerce Department on Monday show North Carolina's jobless rate only matched the national average in August, when both were at 4.4 percent.

Arkansas' January unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent. "With the unemployment rate remaining steady through the winter months, Iowa has weathered the cold with minimal seasonal layoffs", Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development director, said in an interview.

Waterford-Fort Drum had the highest unemployment rate among metropolitan areas at 8.4 percent, while Binghamton and Glens Falls had the second highest rate among metropolitan areas at 6.8 percent. So those states have not enjoyed unemployment so low in at least 42 years. And it represents 40,000 fewer unemployed persons than were in the state a year ago. The state added 150,900 total jobs since January 2017. "Over the year, manufacturing payrolls accounted for close to half of the total increase of jobs in IL".

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During the fourth quarter, unemployment rate among people aged between 15-29 years dropped to 24.6 percent from 26 percent a year earlier. Many employers have said they're unable to add jobs because there is a lack of available talent with the right qualifications.

In 2016, there were 19.6 million blacks in the labor force, according to BLS. Most of the hiring occurred in administrative and support services (+3,000), while management of companies decreased 1,300.

Among counties, the highest unemployment rates were in Fremont at 6.2 percent, Park 5.5 percent and Natrona 5.4 percent.

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