Initial jobless claims dip

Initial jobless claims dip

Additional survey data on job openings and labor turnover released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 5.6 million job openings on the last business day of January, with the rate of job openings at 3.7 percent, unchanged from December.

GDOL explained that the rate rose as the number of jobs and people in the labor force declined and the number of new layoffs increased.

Indiana County's seasonally adjusted labor force in January decreased 1,600 to 39,400.

Indiana County's jobless rate in January was 0.1 percent lower than in January 2016. Job losses came in the service industries, including trade, transportation and warehousing, and education and health services, along with government. All of the job growth came in the service industries.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, rose by 724, or 159.8 percent, to 1,177. The state insured unemployment rate is 2.6 percent, 1.1 percentage points above the national rate.

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Close behind Salt Lake City was Denver with an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent.

Claims, which count the number of people who applied for unemployment insurance for the first time in the past week, ticked down by 2,000 to 241,000.

The number of employed workers also decreased in January from 22,109 to 4,627,724, with unemployment increased to 30,930 to 269,270.

Area employers had 16,800 more employees on their payrolls in January 2017 than a month earlier and 25,900 more than in January 2016, the metropolitan area report said. (Karen Lentz/MEDILL) Continuing claims in IL were up 2,282 for the week ended February 25 from the previous week, but down by 6,980 from a year ago. The metro Gainesville and Georgia Mountains regions had the lowest January jobless rate in the state at 4.8 percent. In January, 513 new job openings in Dalton were posted on Employ Georgia.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally-adjusted.

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