Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips Thursday announced unemployment rates in November remained low across the state and the vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below five percent.
Iowa's statewide unemployment rate dipped below 3 percent in November to 2.9 percent.
In Thurston County, the unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in October to 4.4 percent in November. The rate was below the year-ago estimate of 7.8 percent. Four counties were at or above 5 percent Clearwater, 6 percent; Shoshone, 5.5 percent; Lewis, 5.5 percent; and Adams, 5 percent.
"Continued momentum in Idahos labor market throughout 2017 pushed the states labor force up 15,270 (1.9 percent), total employed up by 21,295 (2.7 percent), while the number of unemployed persons dropped by 6,025 (20 percent) from November 2016", the report states.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly over the month and was estimated at 4.8 percent in November, down from 5.6 percent one year before. Those other states' rates were: OH, 4.8 percent (down from 5.1 percent); Kentucky, 4.7 percent (down from 5.0 percent); MI, 4.6 percent (up from 4.5 percent); and IL, 4.9 percent (unchanged).
These preliminary estimates of jobs and other labor force data are produced in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, are based largely on a survey of businesses and a survey of households, and are subject to later revision.
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Smith said the dramatic story for Louisiana employment has been in the downstream refining and petrochemical sector, which is where the new capital expenditures are occurring. Leisure and hospitality was unchanged.
Over the past 12 months, the largest gains in the private sector were in private eduction and health services (up 600), retail (up 500), and construction (up 500).
In Berkeley County last month, 53,240 residents had jobs, down from 53,290 the month before, while 1,920 did not have jobs, up from 1,740 the month before.
The Boise MSA showed the strongest over-the-year percentage increase in nonfarm jobs, up 2.9 percent, followed by Pocatello, 2.2 percent; Idaho Falls and Lewiston, 1.7 percent; and Coeur dAlene, up 1 percent.
Crawford: 4.2 percent, up from 4.0 percent.