Alabama's unemployment rate is third highest in the nation

Alabama's unemployment rate is third highest in the nation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that the area's unemployment rate remained unchanged in January at 3.3 percent, which along with December is the lowest monthly rate in almost 16 years. The national average during the same month was 4.8 percent.

One private industry showing the most growth was services, which includes fix and maintenance; personal and laundry services; and religious, grantmaking, civic and professional organizations. From 3.8 percent in December, to 3.5 percent in the first month of the new year.

It may not be as worrisome as it looks: one reason the unemployment rate spiked in Flagler is because the labor force also spiked by more than 600 workers, to 45,438, an unusual 1.3 percent month-over-month increase, and a 4 percent increase from a year ago.

The annual growth rate of Colorado nonfarm payroll jobs was 2.3 percent in 2016, revised down from the previously published 2.6 percent. Mining and logging, and manufacturing declined over the year. Rates ranged from 2.8 percent in Cumberland County to 7.7 percent in Washington County. Benchmark revisions are a standard part of the estimation process and take place at this time every year in each state nationwide.

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Private sector employment has grown by more than 31,000 over the year while the initial unemployment insurance claims remain at the lowest point in three decades.

The preliminary Omaha area rate dropped to 3 percent from the preliminary December rate of 3.2 percent.

At 7.7 percent, Lawrence County had the highest area unemployment rate in January, up from 6.8 percent in December and down slightly from the January 2016 rate of 7.8 percent. Federal figures show about 133,000 people were looking for jobs in IN that month.

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