Alaska unemployment rate remains at 7.2 percent

Laura Christensen
December 24, 2017

The November jobless rate in 2.5% in Omaha and Grand Island, up half a point from October and 4-10ths of a point lower than a year ago for both. In addition, Virginia has the fourth lowest unemployment rate, along with IN, among major USA states behind Tennessee, Florida, and MA.

The robust gains were a slight improvement from the prior month's upwardly revised 45,400 jobs increase, according to data released Friday by the Employment Development Department.

About 70 percent of November's new jobs were created in the private sector.

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The number of jobs in the Lincoln area hit 194,143, up almost 2,000 over a year ago.

The state's saw strong job growth came in several sectors including professional and business services, which added 3,330 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, which added 1,600 jobs; and financial activities, which also added 1,600 jobs. Nationally, total nonfarm employment was up 1.4 percent from a year ago.

The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.7 percent) and Bangor (2.9 percent) metro areas. Nebraska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 2.7%, the same as in October and 6-10ths a point lower than a year ago, and the state had a record number of people employed.

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