Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Massachusetts Jobless Rate Dips in October

Massachusetts Jobless Rate Dips in October

Since October 2016, Kansas lost 5,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 4,700 private sector jobs.

The state's jobs engine is humming along, according to John Albin, the Labor Department commissioner.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month, down one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate stood at 4.2 percent in August. But she adds not all communities and regions of the state are benefiting equally from this growth. Chase County has the lowest rate at 2 percent while Coffey County has the highest at 4.2 percent.

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The labor force decreased by 13,400 from 3,669,500 in September, as 5,600 fewer residents were employed and 7,700 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. There were 19,600 more unemployed residents over the year compared to October 2016.

Both the state and local unemployment rates in October remained well below the national rate, which was 4.1 percent, a 17-year low.

Unemployment remains historically low in ME, with the rate at or below 4 percent for 25 consecutive months, officials say.

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