Maine Unemployment Rate Drops in January

Posted March 14, 2017

The preliminary Lincoln rate rose three-tenths of a point, to 3.1 percent, from the preliminary December rate of 2.8 percent.

Christie took office in 2010, a year after the recession technically ended, and inherited a 9.8 percent unemployment rate.

The sector showing the most growth in Arkansas from January 2016 was professional-scientific-technical services, which added 2400 jobs over the year.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point across the state in January to 2.9 percent.

The report shows that Arkansas' civilian labor force declined 1,275, a result of 2,098 fewer unemployed and 823 additional employed Arkansans.

WAAY-31 dug deeper and found the unemployment rates for counties in the Tennessee Valley.

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While this time of year typically sees the lowest unemployment because of the area's seasonal economy, Wall said he wouldn't be shocked to see the rate rise again when the state releases February jobs data March 24.

The revised statistics replace estimates generated from monthly surveys of a small group of employers with data from unemployment insurance reports most employers are required to file quarterly. Retail employment dropped for the month, losing 26,000 jobs, partly as an increasing number of retail chains closed a larger amount of their stores. In February, the national unemployment rate had dipped to 4.7 percent.

Jobs in educational and health services increased by 6,500, mostly in health care and social assistance.

Jobs in manufacturing increased by 2,100.

"January saw normal fluctuations in employment, while the overall unemployment rate was stable", said John Albin, labor commissioner. Both local and state government reported losses.

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