Vermont Unemployment Rate Low As Labor Shortage Builds

AR Unemployment Holds Steady at 3.7 Percent

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Although the state's manufacturing sector lost 500 positions in January, it has gained some 6,000 jobs since previous year, making it the state's fastest growing industry - and marking the first time that sector has increased average annual employment since 2011.

The jobless rate for black men 20 and older dropped to 5.9 percent in February compared with 7.5 percent in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Houston County's rate rose to 4.3 percent in January, well below of the 6.0 percent figure registered in January 2017. Van Wert County's rate was 3.8 percent in January and December. Coffee County's rate of 4.1 percent now is considerably less than the 5.9 percent rate tallied at the same point a year ago.

Waterford-Fort Drum had the highest unemployment rate among metropolitan areas at 8.4 percent, while Binghamton and Glens Falls had the second highest rate among metropolitan areas at 6.8 percent.

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The federal government spends the start of each year doing a deeper dive on each state's employment data. In December, state officials announced there 369,000 people without jobs out of a workforce of 10.1 million. The state added 150,900 total jobs since January 2017. "When companies come here, that's the number one question they ask - do you have a labor force? and we're able to provide that labor force for them".

In January 2017, 49,615 people were unemployed in Arkansas, and the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent.

Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 5,500 jobs.

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