Unemployment falls to 3.7 percent

Illinois unemployment rate up slightly despite job growth

The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 4.3 percent last month, up from a revised 3.6 percent in May but below the year-ago estimate of 4.9 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The number of unemployed, defined as workers without a job who actively sought one in the past month, dropped to 67,200 in June.

Colorado has claimed the nation's lowest unemployment rate since March, but North Dakota emerged as a challenger after its unemployment rate dropped to 2.3 percent in June.

The state gained more than 8,000 jobs during the month, including about 900 in manufacturing. That's 12,000 more than the month before, but the labor force total also grew by a large amount. The state's unemployment rate has remained steady the past three months and has been the lowest in the country for four consecutive months, according to Gedney. The education and health services sector decreased by 1,000 jobs in June.




Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate rose slightly in June.

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 54,900 since last June, adjusting for seasonality, with an increase of 51,600 in the private sector and an increase of 3,300 in government, according to the June employment report.

The state's unemployment rate was down from 5.9 percent a year before and from 5.7 percent in January. Gedney speculates the department's numbers for mining and logging employment are likely being underestimated.

The biggest increase occurred in the leisure and hospitality industry, which added 7,400 jobs to reach a total of 407,500. Other elevated rates were 6.7 percent in Imperial Beach and 6.3 percent within El Cajon's city limits. Arts, entertainment and recreation added 800 jobs.

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