Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Unemployment Down Slightly in ME in October

Unemployment Down Slightly in ME in October

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 1,700 from September. The October rate also remained well below the USA rate, which dipped slightly to 4.1 percent for the month.

Professional and business services had shown the most growth this year, adding more than 4,000 jobs.

Nebraska's unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage points from September and 0.6 percentage points from October 2016.

The state's jobs engine is humming along, according to John Albin, the Labor Department commissioner.

According to data released Friday by the Nebraska Department of Labor, the state unemployment rate hit 2.7 percent in October, its lowest level since 1999, while the Lincoln metro area rate fell to 2.1 percent, its lowest level since 2000.

"In October, 3,383 additional Kansans became employed", said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon.

The report says Nebraska non-farm employment in October was up 10,379 over the year and up 1,624 over the month. There were 19,600 more unemployed residents over the year compared to October 2016.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate in October remained at 4.2 percent, unchanged from the previous month.

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