Unemployment Down Slightly in ME in October

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However, the number of unemployed in OH has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months, from 285,000 in October 2016, when the state's unemployment rate was 5%.

Maine's unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 3.5 percent.

Unemployment in Nebraska remains well under the national unemployment rate of 4.1%.

The report says the October rate was six-tenths of a point under the year-ago rate of 3.3 percent.

She says apprenticeships have helped millions of people develop skills needed for good jobs.

The monthly gain of 1,4000 non-farm payroll jobs was lower than the state's 12-month average gain of 3,817 jobs, according to CDLE data.

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Nebraska's unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage points from September and 0.6 percentage points from October 2016.

However, looking at the year overall, employment was up by 1,000 and unemployment dropped by 58,000. The rate stood at 4.2 percent in August.

"The 2.2 percent unemployment rate is the lowest unemployment rate on record dating back to 1976, under current methodology", DLIR Director Linda Chu Takayama said in a statement.

The rate drop reflected a decline in the number of unemployed Iowans to about 51,000 in October. Private sector jobs also decreased by 1,700 since September.

Government employment, at 772,600, increased by 3,300 positions.

Job losses were reported in manufacturing (100); financial activities (300); trade, transportation and utilities (500); professional and business services (500); and educational and health services (600).

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