Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Alabama jobless rate rises to 6.4 percent

Alabama jobless rate rises to 6.4 percent

The state's rate was 6.7 percent in January, compared to 6.6 percent in December and 6.5 percent in January 2016. The number of unemployed was down 1,300 over the year to 24,300. It is a great growth rate. Mining and logging, and manufacturing declined over the year.

Alabama's January rate was up from 6.3 percent the previous month. In other words, Flagler County saw an increase of 1,735 workers over the past year, which points to an influx of working-age people into the area. As a result, the 2016 job growth numbers could be revised again next year when the data from the fourth quarter is used in the 2017 annual revision.

New Mexico's unemployment rate is the highest in the nation, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"Over the year, the strongest job gains were in the health care, hospitality and construction sectors", Mill says.

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Unemployment rates for other states were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 3.2 percent in MA, 4.7 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.5 percent in CT.

"This is another good sign for the local job market", said Tatiana Bailey, director of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Economic Forum. "The increased differential is because of people entering the labor force that weren't in it before".

"I think we should stop the continuing drumbeat that somehow New Jersey has underperformed from a jobs perspective", he said. "In fact, New Jersey in January 2017 only has 30,200 more jobs than it did in December 2007, when the Great Recession began", Whiten said.

Unemployment rates across the state in January remained unchanged or increased slightly. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.

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