State jobless rate edges up to 3.9 percent in April
May 20 2017 by Cristina Jennings
Manatee County had the region's lowest unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent in April, followed closely by Sarasota County, at 3.7 percent. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 5.0 percent in April 2016. All northwest Kansas counties has unemployment rates below 4 percent, with most posting rates below 3 percent.
The state's unemployment rate climbed to 3.9 percent in April from 3.6 percent the previous month, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.
April also saw the Charleston area lose its spot as the state's fastest-growing job market.
Almost 923,000 California residents were unemployed in April, down 20,000 from March and down 132,000 compared to April 2016, according to the department.
New Mexico's unemployment rate in April 2016 was 6.6 percent. Putnam's rate was tied for the eighth-highest in the state but was still nearly a full percentage point lower than April 2016. The state gained 215,400 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.6 percent. The unemployment rate has been below 4 percent for the last seven months and 15 of the last 18.
Year-over-year, Washington has added an estimated 76,500 new jobs. That's a slowing from the growth rate that was near or above three percent throughout most of the past four years.
Only five other counties - Newberry, Greenville, Jasper, Charleston and Lexington - had lower unemployment rates in April. "We have been laser focused on making Florida the most business-friendly state in the nation and we will continue to fight every day to grow our economy and market our state as the best place to create new jobs and opportunities".
The sectors gaining jobs included professional and business services, where employment increased by 6,100.
Those drops coincided with Florida's unemployment figure, which ticked down to 4.5 percent, the lowest since September 2007.
At the same time, the labor force increased slightly, from 73,600 to 73,800 workers. Colorado's unemployment rate was 3.3 percent a year earlier.
Ryan Gedney, senior economist for the Colorado Department of Labor, said that while a historically low unemployment rate can make it hard to fill vacancies, there are a few sources that can help alleviate the lack of labor supply.
The financial activities super-sector remained unchanged while six others lost jobs.