Pennsylvania jobless rate hits 7-year low as payrolls rise

Mass. unemployment rate ticks up despite more jobs

"The United States job growth rate during February 2017 was 1.66 percent".

Wisconsin's unemployment rate last month fell to its lowest level in more than 16 years. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7 percent but was down from 4.9 percent in February 2016.

Sectors losing jobs included state government, where employment was down by 3,100 jobs.

Turlock had an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent in February, down from 8 percent posted in January Denair had a rate of 5.3 percent in February, up slightly from the 5.1 percent posted in January.

The unemployment rate stands at 4.7 percent.

Private sector employment declined in February, with the biggest decline coming from the leisure and hospitality industry, which had 3,200 fewer jobs. "While February numbers slipped, we're still ahead for the year and need to create positive momentum". Lauderdale dipped a full percentage point from 7.2 to 6.2 percent, while Madison dropped from 5.8 to 5.2.

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 53,600 in February from 56,900 in January.




"It's just a very good report for a state economy that seems to be doing very well right now", said Richard Kaglic, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

The VEC said February's jobless rate is the lowest recorded in Virginia since June 2008.

Cullman County tied for third with Autauga County for the state's lowest unemployment rates. This is fueled by hiring in private education with added the majority of the jobs, 1,300.

"The labor force continues to grow, showing that jobseekers have confidence in our economy and are willing to enter the job market", Washington said.

Wilcox County has the state's highest unemployment at 14.9 percent.

The highest growth sectors for IN in February were manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities, though gains were offset by losses IN the leisure and hospitality sector. Professional and business services added 6,300 jobs.

The largest job loss during February occurred in construction, down 3,200 jobs to 186,100.

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