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First State unemployment drop in November may be misleading

24 December 2017, 12:51 | Sherry Padilla

Connecticut Job Losses Mount As Employers Shed Another 3500 In November

Connecticut jobless rate worsens slightly, job growth lags

AUGUSTA - Unemployment remains historically low in Maine.

The state labor department says that while job losses continue in Alaska, they have "moderated noticeably" in the second half of this year.

The robust gains were a slight improvement from the prior month's upwardly revised 45,400 jobs increase, according to data released Friday by the Employment Development Department.

There were 60,700 more people working in Maryland in November than a year earlier, a gain of 2.2 percent.


Payroll Survey Estimates - The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 2,100 from one year ago to 619,200 for November.

The state's saw strong job growth came in several sectors including professional and business services, which added 3,330 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, which added 1,600 jobs; and financial activities, which also added 1,600 jobs. That rate is down 0.5% from a year ago at this time.

But a closer look shows the drop is not because more jobless Delawareans are finding work, but rather more people have simply stopped looking. Around the state, the lowest rate was 2.4 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties and the highest was 4.6 percent in Washington County. Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up a slight 0.1 percentage point in November to 3.7 percent, but was down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago.



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