IN unemployment stays at 4 percent

IN unemployment stays at 4 percent

Colorado's economy started off 2017 with a hiring wave strong enough to push the unemployment rate from 3 percent to 2.9 percent, a low last reached in February 2001, according to a report Monday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Charlotte's rate: 5.8 percent in January, 5 percent in December and 5.6 percent a year ago.

Indiana's total labor force stands at over 3.3 million and the state's 64.2 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent.

The leisure and hospitality sector and the professional and business services sector lost 3,400 jobs combined. "Our labor force is larger than it has been in more than five years". Lincoln's preliminary rate was 3.1 percent. Nearly 10,000 people entered the state labor force last month but only 6,500 of them found work, making the unemployment rate go up, said Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington.




The revised statistics replace estimates generated from monthly surveys of a small group of employers with data from unemployment insurance reports most employers are required to file quarterly.

Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says nearly 10,000 people entered the labor force last month but only 6,500 of them found work. Illinois's unchanged unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was the 46th highest nationally and the highest in the Midwest.

New Mexico's unemployment rate is now the highest in the nation, after ticking up slightly in January, according to federal figures released today. Mining and logging, and manufacturing declined over the year. Both local and state government reported losses.

Employment in other service, including repair-maintenance services and membership organizations, rose by 1,900.

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