State, local unemployment rates continue to decline

24 December, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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AUGUSTA - Unemployment remains historically low in Maine.

Initial jobless claims, an indicator for layoffs across the United States, rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 245,000 in the week ending December 16, the highest level in five weeks, the department said.

There were 60,700 more people working in Maryland in November than a year earlier, a gain of 2.2 percent.

State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in November but remained higher than the national rate.

The number of jobs in the Lincoln area hit 194,143, up almost 2,000 over a year ago. The private sector gained 2,500 jobs, with the largest gains in the healthcare and social assistance; professional and business services; and transportation and warehousing sectors.

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Government employment in OH dropped by 9,700 jobs in November.

New Mexico's unemployment was higher than all other states except Alaska, which continued to have the country's worst unemployment rate at 7.2 percent.

Lincoln's rate of 2.1% was down a tenth for the month and 3-10ths for the year while the Scottsbluff Micropolitan statistical area came in at an eve 3%, up 3-10ths of a point for the month but 4-10ths lower than last year. Nationally, total nonfarm employment was up 1.4 percent from a year ago.

Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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