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Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

Private sector payroll jobs increased 3,600 and government decreased 1,800. The industry with the most job growth in Naples was construction with over 1,200 new jobs.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.3 percent. In addition to the low rate, the state has added 11,000 jobs in April.

The unemployment rate notched up one-tenth of a percentage point, to 4.9 percent, in April. In all, 19 states had unemployment rates lower than the national average.

Florida had 460,000 people without jobs out of a labor force of 10,142,000.

"The bottom line is Wisconsin's economy is growing and adding jobs, and our biggest challenge now is finding enough skilled talent to fill openings employers have available", said Department of Workforce Development secretary Ray Allen.

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The unemployment rate for the Colorado Springs area, which is not seasonally adjusted, fell to 2.5 percent, tied with October 2000 as the lowest in the 27 years for which the bureau has records.

Workforce conditions remained tight throughout much of ME in April with very low unemployment, particularly in the southwest portion of the state.

The labor force is the total number of people, both employed and unemployed, over the age of 16. Manufacturing (-8,100) and logging (-100) were the only sectors to report job losses. The largest job gains were in the healthcare and construction sectors. This post was updated to clarify that the new unemployment data is preliminary and add quotes from Matthew Barewicz.

IL ranked 32nd nationally with an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. Hawaii and North Dakota had the second-lowest unemployment rates at 2.7 percent, while New Mexico had the nation's highest jobless rate at 6.7 percent, followed by Alaska at 6.6 percent. The state's payrolls grew at a 1.4 percent clip over the year, falling below the national average - 1.6 percent - for the first time in four years. It's also an improvement from the April 2016 rate of 5.8 percent. Since April 2016, this sector is up 4,400 jobs or 1.1 percent.

In a year-over comparison from 2016, growth was seen in federal government and "other services" as high as 20 percent.

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