Local, state unemployment rates take strong dip in April

Local, state unemployment rates take strong dip in April

The unemployment rate in the Orlando metro area was 3.6 percent. It also noted that in the previous year, 371,000 people entered Florida's labor force, a growth of 3.8 percent, while the national labor-force growth was 0.8 percent.

Lake County's unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, down from 4.3 percent in March and down from 4.6 percent a year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April.

In March, when state employers expanded their payrolls by a meager 200 positions, the nation added a disappointing 98,000 jobs.

Weld's unemployment rate sits right below the statewide rate, which also, according to the survey of households, decreased three-tenths of a percentage point in April to 2.3 percent. Jobless rates fell in nine other states, rose in MA and remained unchanged in 39 states. Even though our private sector job growth rate is exceeding the nation's, it is now lower than it has been over the past year. That is down 1,439 people from March, according to data released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

"The data suggests Kentucky's employment situation continues to improve as more residents are working", Kentucky Labor Market Information Director Kate Shirley Akers, Ph.D., said in the news release. "Our 3.5 percent unemployment tells us that we are on the right track in terms of implementing conservative policies that spur job creation and put Arkansans to work".

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Moderate gains were reported in leisure and hospitality (+2,500), trade-transportation-utilities (+2,400) and other services (+1,300). The seasonally adjusted figure is down from 3.4 percent in March and the lowest since February 2000.

"The job market remained very strong in the Jacksonville area in April, with the unemployment rate falling below 4 percent for the first time since May 2007", Loh said.

Texas added the most jobs in April (+30,400), followed by Minnesota (+15,100) and Wisconsin (+14,800).

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April. Since April 2016, this sector is up 4,400 jobs or 1.1 percent. Rates declined over the year in all counties.