Florida unemployment rate drops to 4.8 percent

The state Department of Labor and Industry reports the largest gains were in the construction, professional and business services and health care industries.

The national unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in March, 0.2 percent lower than the month before, the U.S. Department of Labor said. That has only happened in two other periods in the last 41 years. The labor force consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs.

Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has hit its lowest point since May 2008.

Stanislaus County had a March unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, which is up by the slimmest margin from the adjusted rate of 8.7 percent for February.

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"The establishment survey showed little gain, but this was likely due to the storm in March combined with the warmer-than-normal weather in January and February", said Michael Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State University.

Maui County's 3.3% unemployment rate for March dropped to 2.9%, down slightly from the 3.1% reported in February, and the 3.2% reported at the same time a year ago.

Since 1957, as far back as data are available, Arkansas' unemployment rate has not been as low as 3.8 percent until this year, according to the bureau.

The number of nonfarm payroll jobs was estimated at 623,000 in March, an all-time high.

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IN is tied for the 20th lowest unemployment rate in the country, but has the eighth highest joblessness of the 12 Midwestern states.

The department released its monthly report of results of a survey of households and businesses, which offers preliminary numbers on job growth and unemployment. In March 2016, it was 4.5 percent. In February of this year, the rate was 3.3 percent. MA posted 3.6 percent, Rhode Island 4.3 percent, and CT 4.8 percent. It was 2.6% in Colorado and 2.8% in New Hampshire.

The strong economy combined with eastern Idaho's relatively small population means employers are having to compete for highly skilled employees, driving up wages and other incentives in those areas, Morrow said. Healthcare/social assistance again led the way, adding 26,000 jobs, followed by food service (up 13,500) and professional/scientific/technical services (up 9,500).

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