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Pa. unemployment rate declines to 4.8 percent in March

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Pa. unemployment rate declines to 4.8 percent in March

The U.S. Department of Labor says unemployment rates fell in 17 total states in March and were mostly unchanged in 33.

The Virginia Employment Commission said Friday that the commonwealth's jobless rate dipped one-tenth of a percentage point during March, the third consecutive monthly decrease.

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality, financial activities, and education and health services, the state reports.

Indiana's unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in March, down 0.2 percent from the previous month and the lowest since 2001.

Nationally, the jobless rate dropped to 4.5 percent in March from 4.7 percent in February.

Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month, at 3.5 percent, according to a commission statement.

Arkansas' unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in March 2016.

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The unemployment rate counts only people who are not working but are looking for work, and does not take into account those who grew so discouraged that they gave up looking or those who are working part-time but want full-time jobs.

According to a release, Virginia's unemployment rate is the second lowest among major US states. The county's unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, down from a revised 4.8% in February. Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 2,300. It dropped even further from a year ago.

"Massachusetts continues to experience substantial increases to the labor force".

Compared to February, unemployment declined by.1 percent.

The next-highest unemployment rate in the country was Alaska, at 6.4 percent. North Carolina hit a low of 4.9 percent unemployment last June and July, and had not attained that level earlier since September 2007, before the great recession.

However, from March 2016 to March 2017, MA has added 49,000 jobs, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. And for the first time in more than two and a half years, the state's annual job growth rate also outpaced the nation. Of those jobs, more than 523,000 were in the private sector. Boise MSA followed with an increase of 3.5 percent, or 10,700 jobs.

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