Iowa employment rate holds 2.9 percent

January unemployment rate in Maine was 3 percent

The report incorporates annual benchmark revisions for nonfarm payrolls as well as labor force statistics.

January is starting the year on a slightly cloudier note: unemployment ticked up a substantial 0.6 point, and the number of unemployed people in the county increased by 273, to 2,128.

Some economists say much of North Carolina's economic recovery has come from piggybacking on the US recovery, or that the biggest factor in the labor force increase has been people moving into the state - particularly Charlotte and the Triangle - in hopes of finding work. The resulting gap caused the number of unemployed people to increase by 500.

January's numbers, through up, were still an improvement compared to 2017, when Lee and Collier's unemployment rates were 4.7 and 4.5 percent, respectively.

But unemployment in St. Johns, Duval and Volusia is also up by 0.5 points in each of those counties, which could hint at a regional slowdown.

The only category with a year-over-year decline was "other services" at 1,700 jobs. "The state's employers are looking to hire the 51,000 job seekers". The jobs may actually be in any of the surrounding counties. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment.

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The nationwide unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in January was the same as the previous month. In January 2018, IL nonfarm payrolls were at a new high; 0.4 percent above the prior peak. Other sectors that experienced growth in January include Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (1,100 jobs), Manufacturing (200 jobs), and Information (100 jobs).

Florida's overall growth rate for a year ago was 1.8 percent, which was the 10th highest rate in the nation. Gains in health care and social assistance (3,700) were offset by small losses in educational services (700).

With the exception of October 2014, when it was equal to the national rate, the state's unemployment rate has been below the USA rate for more than four years.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released state jobs and unemployment data.

The low unemployment rates appear to be translating to higher wages for those with jobs.

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