Hoosier unemployment inches lower for February

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According to data released Friday by the Nebraska Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lancaster and Seward counties, was 2.6 percent in February, down from 2.7 percent in January and 2.6 percent in February 2017. In Fort Myers, that industry was professional and business services with 2,700 new jobs.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 925,400, increased 4,100 over the month with gains in manufacturing, construction, and mining and logging. The jobs level remained unchanged in Leisure and Hospitality.

MA added 39,100 jobs in the year from from February 2017 to February 2018. Where Minnesota recorded a 3.2 percent unemployment rate in February, the USA rate was 4.1 percent.

It had been teetering for months near the previous record - 3 percent in July 1999.

Black unemployment in the state fell to 6.9 percent in February, from 7.4 percent the month before and 8.5 percent in February 2017. Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.

The rate stayed steady as a slight drop of 2,000 employment positions among county residents was offset by a slight drop of 2,000 in the labor force to 5,143,000. The state's labor force participation rate stands at 63.7 percent, which remains higher than the national rate. More people are working, and our economy is adding jobs.

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As has been the case for much of the past four years, the monthly employment measuring sticks offer notably different views of N.C.'s job market.

Trade, transportation and utilities were up 400. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 11,200 (+2.0%) jobs.

Still, Illinois' job gains continue to limp far behind the nation's.

Other Services added 300 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. "The USA job growth rate was 1.57 percent". Over the year, Financial Activities added 600 (+0.3%) jobs. Over the year, Information lost 1,700 (-1.9%) jobs.

"Across the entire north central region the numbers are quite low making it rather hard for employers to find people to hire", Lezcano said.

The unemployment rate was "9.4 percent with a decrease of 0.2 percentage points for men and 14.1 percent with an increase of 0.4 percentage points for women", the institute said.

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