Va., Md. unemployment rates unchanged; DC falls, while Alaska the highest

Posted March 14, 2018

New Mexico's unemployment rate fell slightly in January, to 5.9 percent, as it continued its ranking as second-worst in the nation behind Alaska, according to state figures released Monday.

North Carolina's jobless picture has been above the national average most of the previous year. The Wichita M-S-A jobless rate was 3.8 percent in January. up from 3.5 percent in December.

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The unemployment rate for Vermont's 17 labor market ranged from a low of 2.3 percent in White River Junction to 6.4 percent in Derby. Both have stayed in place since then. And it represents 40,000 fewer unemployed persons than were in the state a year ago.

Manufacturing added 2,400 jobs, mostly in nondurable goods manufacturing (1,600).

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For 70 years, an unemployment rate of 5 percent has been considered the point at which everyone who wants a job has one, employers have the skilled workers they need and there is limited inflationary pressure on wages. Niobrara County had the lowest unemployment rate with 2.3 percent, and Teton County was next with 2.5 percent. Seasonally adjusted monthly labor force data have been revised for 1976-2017 as required by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other industry gains this month included education, construction, accommodations and food services, and finance and insurance. The agency reported that the USA economy added 313,000 jobs in February, marking the country's 89th consecutive month of job growth.

"We're healing economically, but it's not revealed in the labor force numbers", Parker said.

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Nationally, unemployment has been below 4 percent during just five months, all in 2000.