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Ohio unemployment rate inches down to 5 percent for April

20 May 2017

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Homewood and Vestavia Hills at 2.9 percent, Hoover at 3.1 percent, and Alabaster at 3.2 percent.

Florida businesses created 15,000 new jobs in April, dropping the state unemployment rate to 4.5 percent.

The report, which gives data for eight sectors for nine months in 2016 till end-December - manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, hotels and restaurant, IT/BPO, education and health - shows low job growth in nearly all sectors and jobs shrinking in construction and hotels and restaurants. "I encourage unemployed and underemployed Hoosiers to be steadfast in their job searches and consider training and placement opportunities available at their local WorkOne Career Center". That's a slight decline from March when the rate was 4.8 percent.

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The industry posting the biggest jobs decline was professional and business services, which lost 3,000 jobs, to 215,700, down 1.4 percent.

The employment sectors that had the largest losses were administrative and support services, where there were 3,000 fewer workers and the trade; and transportation and utilities, which saw a decrease of 1,400 jobs. Data for previous year, available with the labor bureau, shows that jobs have been shrinking in most key sectors such as textiles, leather, metals, automobiles, gems and jewelry, transport, information technology and handloom. The largest job gains were in educational and health services, up 69,700 jobs (a 2.8 percent increase); leisure and hospitality, up 51,000 jobs (a 2.7 percent increase); and government, up 44,400 jobs (a 1.8 percent increase).

Unemployment rates were lower than the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (2.5 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.0 percent), and Bangor (3.3 percent).

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Wage and salary employment, totaling 2,001,800 in April, grew by 10,400.

"50,000 more Alabamians are working now compared to a year ago". That could worsen if the Malloy administration lays off state employees in response to state government's chronic budget deficit.

Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction and mining and logging were unchanged. The level of unemployment decreased by 18,123. The red line has been falling steadily and at times sharply for the past four years, but the gap between it and the state and national rates kept it as an outlier.

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