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County Unemployment Rates Remain Low Across Tennessee

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Capital Region jobless rate rises as more look for jobs

With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the USA rate for more than four years. The next month, November 2000, was the last time a 3.9 percent unemployment rate was reported, when the civilian labor force was 30,600 and 29,400 people were employed.

Smith said the dramatic story for Louisiana employment has been in the downstream refining and petrochemical sector, which is where the new capital expenditures are occurring.

Briscoe County's unemployment rate went from 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent; Castro County went from 2.7 percent to 2.8 percent; Floyd County increased from 4.3 to 4.8; Lamb County went from 4.0 to 4.2; and Swisher went from 3.5 to 3.7.

The states labor force increased by 7,227 (just under 1 percent) from October to 835,890.

Over the past 12 months, the largest gains in the private sector were in private eduction and health services (up 600), retail (up 500), and construction (up 500).

The unemployment rate increased in all 55 counties last month.

Tennessee's statewide unemployment rate in November was 3.1 percent - two percentage points lower than it was in November 2016 and one percentage point lower than the national rate.

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The increase in positions from the business and professional services sector contributed to robust nonagricultural job growth overall for Yakima County.

Jefferson County had the second highest November unemployment rate among all counties and the highest out of all major labor areas in the state. Coeur dAlene, Idaho Falls and Lewiston metro areas saw no change.

In November there were 18,945 online job openings in Idaho compared with 22,215 in November 2016.

Hard-to-fill positions are those continuously posted for 90 days or more. New jobs totaled 14,800, an increase of 0.7 percent.

After December's numbers are available, the county's unemployment rate for 2017 is likely to be less than 5 percent, which would be a 27-year record low, Rooney said.

Crawford: 4.2 percent, up from 4.0 percent.

In May, the unemployment rate fell to a monthly record low of 3.8 percent, the lowest figure since 1990, the year the department started issuing seasonally adjusted employment figures. Madison Countys unemployment rate remained the lowest at 2 percent.

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