Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Barnstable County Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.3 Percent

Barnstable County Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.3 Percent

The data mirrors a statewide trend, as California's unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in November, which the state Employment Development Department said is the lowest recorded number dating back to 1976. The unemployment rate in Hale County remained at 4.1 percent in November, the same rate it reached in October after falling half a percentage point from September's 4.6 percent rate.

Louisiana's mining and logging sector includes the oil and gas industry and it has added 400 jobs, considered the first year-over-year increase since 2014 when the price of oil began to decline.

The local jobless rate is seven-tenths of a percent lower than previous year at this time.

Dutchess and Putnam counties each ranked ninth in the state with 4.3 percent unemployment.

The California Employment Development Department's Labor Market Information Division released the latest monthly figures on Friday. That was up from 3.4 percent in October.

Idahos labor force participation rate rose slightly for the fourth consecutive month from 63.5 to 64 percent, with the average share for men (70 percent) and women (58 percent) remaining stable for the past 12 months.

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In both Linn County and Benton County, the private sector has driven job growth since last November.

"We're pressing up against the labor force", he said.

There were job gains in construction (plus 800), manufacturing (plus 200), financial activities (plus 200) and leisure and hospitality (plus 100).

With that many counties having higher unemployment rates than York's, that means this region has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

The Trade, transportation, and Utilities sector posted the largest gain for the month, with an estimated 800 positions added in November. Coeur dAlene, Idaho Falls and Lewiston metro areas saw no change.

Nine of eleven major industries showed increased growth in November, including Professional and Business Services with 14,700 jobs added and Construction which added 8,200 positions. Of these online postings, 5,170 were classified as hard-to-fill, down from 5,313 a year ago. Almost 24 percent of those hard-to-fill jobs were in health care and included physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, occupational and physical therapists and support positions. In November 2017, there were 51,500 people unemployed in the region, up from 45,200 in November 2016. Four counties were at or above 5 percent — Clearwater, 6 percent; Shoshone, 5.5 percent; Lewis, 5.5 percent; and Adams, 5 percent. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was slightly higher at 6.0 percent.

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