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State jobless rate falls to record 3.8%

State jobless rate falls to record 3.8%

2,098 in January, pushing the unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent.

According to the latest numbers from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, unemployment in the state dropped to 3.8 percent in January.

The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.3 percent remained above the US average of 59.9 percent.

"When you have an increase in the labor force, and all of those people aren't able to find work, you will see an uptick in the rate", Washington said in a statement.

New Mexico had the highest unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, followed by Alaska at 6.5 percent, Alabama at 6.4 percent, Louisiana at 5.9 percent and IL at 5.7 percent.

Year-over-year industry information is not available until April due to benchmarking, an annual process of re-estimating statistics as more complete data become available, the report said.

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Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5 percent, which Wilcox County has the highest jobless rate at 17.1 percent. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed.

"The initial numbers for January 2017 show the Vermont economy heading in a positive direction".

The state Department of Labor reports the state unemployment rate in January was 3.3%, the same as the rate in December. BLS includes unemployment rates and employment-population ratios for all 50 states, as well as the year-over-year changes of these metrics. Average weekly earnings were up over the year by $21.08.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 4.2 percent, Homewood at 4.4 percent and Hoover at 4.6 percent. Maine's February unemployment rate should be released March 24.

Employment in other service, including repair-maintenance services and membership organizations, rose by 1,900.

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