Maine Unemployment Still Low, Down Slightly in September

Jerome Frank
October 21, 2017

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent last month, down one-tenth of a percentage point. This reflects a decline of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised August rate (3.0 percent). The year-to-year numbers were not quite as strong, as the Labor Force lost ground as the other data points improved. Unemployment claims have been historically low since mid-summer. Year-over-year, there was an overall gain 280,300 jobs, a 1.7 percent increase. And a tight housing market has led to a high cost-to-income ratio, relative to almost every other state (Vermont 40th; Hawaii 50th; OH 1st, USNews.com).

EDD said the number of unemployed Californians was 986,000 last month, up 13,000 from August but down 37,000 compared with September previous year.

"The preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Vermont of 2.9% is the lowest in over a decade". It's also slightly down from 4 percent a year ago. The level of unemployed people has gone down by almost 13,000.

The September 2016 rate was 5.3 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 18,700 over the month to 3,010,600, and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 14,800 to 2,934,100, causing the number of unemployed to increase by 4,000.

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The department said the job growth gave the state its highest private-sector employment level ever at a seasonally adjusted 2,543,200.

The unemployment rate is generated from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics or place of residence survey.

The area and state unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted because the labor department provides only that figure for metropolitan statistical areas in Kansas. The September rate also remained well below the USA rate, which dipped to 4.2 percent for the month.

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