ME unemployment rate dips to 3.7% in September

RI, Mass. unemployment rates fall slightly

Wisconsin sees both job growth and unemployment rate increase in September

Among neighboring states, IN has the lowest unemployment rate, followed by MI at 4.3 percent and IL at 5.0 percent.

Weld County maintained its steady, low unemployment rate of 2.1 percent in September, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

That means 12,344 people out of an area workforce of 310,889 were without a job.

The area and state unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted because the labor department provides only that figure for metropolitan statistical areas in Kansas.

Rhode Island lost 3,700 jobs from the revised August employment level of 498,800, the agency said.

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Statewide, the largest private-sector job gains were in professional and business services, education and health services, and trade, transportation and utilities.

The total number of unemployed, job-seeking Mainers in September was 26,100, down 1,500 from a year earlier, the department said. Emporia's jobless rate is 3.4 percent.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate ticked up in September, increasing from 3.4 percent to 3.5 percent. The biggest job losses were in the private service-providing sector, which lost 700 jobs over the month, but still is 1,300 more than previous year.

ME labor officials say the current 24-month stretch in which unemployment has been 4 percent or less is the second-longest such period in more than four decades.

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