Pennsylvania's jobless rate sees new post-recession low

Ashley Carr
November 18, 2017

But the agency says nonfarm employment has fallen for three consecutive months by a total of 3,900 jobs, to 495,800 in October.

State and local unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in almost two decades.

Maine's unemployment rate fell slightly in October.

The state's unemployment rate has dropped for the second month in a row.

Statistics released Friday by the Vermont Department of Labor shows that the October rate showed no change from September and is down from 3.2 percent in October of previous year.

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped in October to a new post-recession low, although the labor force, employment and payrolls all shrank during the month.

When it comes to jobless rates for the area, Emporia's unemployment figure is 2.9 percent and Lyon County's rate also is 2.9 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent in October.

About 100,000 Louisianans were jobless, down more than 5,000 from September.

Job gains were reported in sectors including educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, financial activities, professional and business services, other services, and trade, transportation and utilities. Government employment declined by 500 jobs, the DLIR said.

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