State's October unemployment rate down to 4.7 percent

Nov 18, 2017, 00:52
State's October unemployment rate down to 4.7 percent

Nationally, the unemployment rate in October was 4.1 percent, down slightly from 4.2 in September and 4.8 percent a year ago.

Meanwhile, the statewide unemployment rate hit a record low during October.

However, the number of unemployed in OH has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months, from 285,000 in October 2016, when the state's unemployment rate was 5%.

The governor's office says the rate announced Friday is down from the September rate of 3.8 percent, and it's the lowest ever recorded in Alabama.

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The state's preliminary October unemployment rate is 3.5 percent, down slightly from September's rate of 3.7 percent and also below the October 2016 rate of 3.9 percent. The national rate was 4.1 percent in October. Private sector jobs decreased by 1,700 from the previous month.

Omaha's unemployment rate ticked to a near 20-year low, and Nebraska's is the lowest since 1999, according to a state Labor Department report.

Good news for the Sunflower State - the unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 2000. The bulk of the increase in leisure and hospitality was attributed to employment increases in food services and drinking places. Government employment declined by 500 jobs, the DLIR said.