Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 states, including Texas


For example, EDD said San Francisco County's unemployment rate in April was only 2.7 percent, with 543,900 holding jobs in a reported workforce of 559,100. Leading up to spring, the state was averaging more than 4,000 new jobs a month. Coming out of the 2008-2009 USA recession, Colorado ranked among the tops in the nation for jobs growth with the growth rate topping 3 percent.

For the first time in a decade, Flagler County's unemployment rate in April matched the exact average of Florida's, falling to 4.5 percent, itself the latest post-recession low, and getting close to, if not reaching, what is considered full employment.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Jacksonville area went from 4.2 percent in March to 3.84 percent in April.

Monthly hours worked across all jobs decreased by 2 million hours last month, official data showed. Since April 2016, that rate has increased by 1.5 percent, according to a release from the state.

Even after seasonal adjustments, which take into account factors such as increased hiring in the spring, the state unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in April, down from the March unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

"Southwest Florida, along with the rest of the state, continues to add jobs", Scott said in a statement. The labor-force participation rate over the year has increased 1.5% compared to April 2016.

The 4.5 percent rate was well below the 5.3 percent rate from April 2016.

Employment in Leisure & Hospitality remained unchanged and job losses were experienced in Other Services (-100).

Solid hiring nationwide led unemployment rates to touch record lows in three US states last month.

"Job postings aren't staying up long, and unemployment is near record lows", said Phil Blair, CEO of the staffing firm Manpower San Diego.

The state Department of Workforce Services said Arkansas' civilian labor force rose by 6,782, the result of 7,693 more employed and 911 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Manufacturing declined by 2,900 jobs since March 2017.

Twenty-three of the state's 24 metro areas saw over-the-year jobs gains, according to the DEO. Managers in numerous industries, especially construction, are complaining about the difficulty in finding employees, especially skilled workers, in the region. About 20 percent of those who are marked as unemployed are job leavers, he said, which is a normal percentage.

The sectors gaining jobs included professional and business services, where employment increased by 6,100.