Massachusetts Jobless Rate Dips in October

Ann Santiago
November 18, 2017

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month, down one-tenth of a percentage point.

The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.8 percent.

The last time Hawaii County's rate was 2.3 percent was in December 2006, before the start of the Great Recession.

In the Lincoln metro area, which includes Lancaster and Seward counties, the unemployment rate of 2.1 percent was down from 2.3 percent in September and 2.8 percent from October 2016.

Unemployment peaked at 11.1 percent in June 2011, and has since tapered down over the years. But the agency says nonfarm employment has fallen for three consecutive months by a total of 3,900 jobs, to 495,800 in October.

The statewide figures put Nebraska in good company among states with the country's lowest unemployment rates. Private sector jobs also decreased by 1,700 since September. The October rate also remained well below the USA rate, which dipped slightly to 4.1 percent for the month. Gains in manufacturing (+4,200) outweighed losses in construction (-1,100) and mining and logging (-100), the state reported.

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