Arkansas unemployment rate rises slightly in November

Arkansas unemployment rate rises slightly in November

The preliminary, seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November 2017 was 3.1 percent - two percentage points lower than it was one year ago and one percentage point below the national average of 4.1. November's rate represents 75,807 unemployed persons, also a new record low, compared to 77,231 in October and 136,135 in November 2016. The unemployment rate was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

Indiana's unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November, down four-tenths of 1 percentage point from November 2016, the Department of Workforce Development said today.

Officials say Amarillo and Midland had the lowest unemployment rates in Texas last month at 2.6 percent.

The state with the lowest unemployment rate was Hawaii at 2 percent.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alaska's unemployment rate is at its highest levels since May 2012, when it was also 7.2 percent. During the past year, the largest absolute gains were in Texas, where the number of jobs climbed 330,600. "The Texas economy offers employers access to a competitive workforce and provides job seekers with career options in a variety of growing Texas industries".

Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 1,800 jobs in November. "I mean, I can't tell you exactly what the full employment rate is, but if we're not there, we're very close". November's rate is the third lowest in the last six months.

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.

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