CT added jobs in January, but unemployment rate stays the same

CT added jobs in January, but unemployment rate stays the same

CT added jobs in January, but unemployment rate stays the same

Unemployment rates in six states and the District of Columbia fell in January, with jobless rates stable in 44 states.

Almost all Wiregrass counties experienced an increase of 0.7 or 0.8 percent in unemployment rates in January, according to figures the Alabama Department of Labor released Monday.

Houston County's rate rose to 4.3 percent in January, well below of the 6.0 percent figure registered in January 2017. Howard County's estimated unemployment stood at 3.5 percent for January.

However, when compared to a year ago, Wyoming's unemployment rate decreased significantly. In December, state officials announced there 369,000 people without jobs out of a workforce of 10.1 million.

Cass had seen historically low unemployment rates throughout much of 2017, too. Year-to-year, all the January 2018 figures are lower than the January 2017 numbers. Private sector jobs, a subset of nonfarm jobs, increased by 300 from December to January. The release pegged Cass County unemployment at 4.1 percent. California added more than 400,000 jobs while Texas added more than 240,000.

A total of 85,879 individuals had gained a job since January 2017, while another 20,263 dropped out of the job market, for an overall increase to the labor force of 65,616. Sectors that recorded job losses over the year were construction (-2,800), information (-2,600), and professional and business services (-1,000).

Preliminary BLS data for February will be released on March 22nd. The leisure and hospitality sector saw the second-largest numeric growth, for an increase of 1,300 jobs or 1.4 percent.

Fairfield County continued to have the highest unemployment rate at 10.1 percent.

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