January Nebraska jobless rate matches December 2.9 percent

January Nebraska jobless rate matches December 2.9 percent

January Nebraska jobless rate matches December 2.9 percent

Other sectors with gains included construction, up 800, health care and social assistance, up 800, and leisure and hospitality, up 900. Another 3,500 jobs were added in education and health services. Private-sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, grew by 7,500 compared with January 2017, or 0.7 percent. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.31 million, and the state's 63.7 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

Maryland's January unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, also unchanged from December, but down from 4.3 percent a year earlier.

Iowa Workforce Development said in a news release today that the December rate of 2.9 percent was revised upward from the preliminary rate of 2.8 percent reported January 23. New Hampshire and North Dakota recorded rates of 2.6 percent, and Hawaii's 2.1 percent was the nation's lowest rate in January.

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Data released last week showed that despite the steady decline in unemployment the state was 32nd for private sector job growth during the 12-month period ending in September.

Over the year, the Kansas economy added 9,100 nonfarm jobs, or 0.6 percent, the department said.

The low unemployment rates appear to be translating to higher wages for those with jobs. Jobless rates were stable in 44 states, while unemployment fell in six states and Washington D.C.in January.

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