State's jobless rate 4.5%

by Antonio Miles December 24, 2017, 0:49
State's jobless rate 4.5%

AUGUSTA - Unemployment remains historically low in Maine.

The First State's unemployment rate in November was 4.7%, down slightly from 4.8 % in October and continuing the decline from September when it reached its highest point for the year - 4.9%.

Delaware's unemployment rate dropped again in November, the second straight month it's moved downward, but the numbers may not be as rosy as they appear. In November of 2016 there were approximately 542 people unemployed in the county, for this year the number was 448.

The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased by 5,600 jobs in November.

The number of jobs in the Lincoln area hit 194,143, up almost 2,000 over a year ago.

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Professional and business services gained the most jobs, while government lost jobs.

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

The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.7 percent) and Bangor (2.9 percent) metro areas. Nationally, total nonfarm employment was up 1.4 percent from a year ago.

USA initial claims for unemployment benefits rose to a five-week high last week, but remained low by historical standards, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.


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