Unemployment Rate in Lewis County Creeps Up According to Latest Data

Unemployment Rate in Lewis County Creeps Up According to Latest Data

The local jobless rate remained virtually unchanged, up to 3.4 percent in November from 3.3 percent the previous two months, according to date released this week by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Neighboring counties also reported lower unemployment rates: Kittitas, 4.5 percent, Benton, 4.9 percent; Klickitat, 5.0 percent; Grant, 5.7 percent and Franklin, 5.7 percent.

Five out of the nine counties in this region had the 10 best unemployment rates in the state, led by Mercer County (first, 2.7 percent), Putnam County (third, 3 percent), Auglaize County (sixth, 3.1 percent), Hancock County (seventh, 3.1 percent) and Van Wert (10th, 3.4).

Davidson and Williamson counties tied for having the lowest unemployment in the state with rates of 2.5 percent, a slight increase of 0.3 percentage points compared to October.

"The addition of 330,600 jobs over the year demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce", said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar.

"Continued momentum in Idahos labor market throughout 2017 pushed the states labor force up 15,270 (1.9 percent), total employed up by 21,295 (2.7 percent), while the number of unemployed persons dropped by 6,025 (20 percent) from November 2016", the report states. Unemployment in St. Lawrence and Oswego counties also rose from last month when they were 5.7 percent and 5.6 percent respectively. Private-sector job gains were broad-based, and grew at a slightly faster pace of 3.2 percent.

Year over year, Idahos unemployment rate was down eight-tenths of a percentage point. Other industries showed little estimated job change in November.

"We always have the highest unemployment rate when it comes to metropolitan areas", she said.

In November, 7,390 Morgan County residents had jobs, down from 7,480 in October, and 280 residents did not have jobs, up from 260. Typical seasonal losses in leisure and hospitality were largely negated by strong monthly hiring in manufacturing, which added 40 jobs.

Government employment added 120 jobs since November 2016.

Out of the civilian labor force of 75,085 (people 16 and older working or looking for work), 2,849 were unemployed, the report states.

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