April jobless rate drops to 3 percent

Cheryl Sanders
May 20, 2017

St. Johns County's unemployment rate fell 0.3 of a percentage point from March and was 0.5 of a percentage point lower than April 2016.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 4.7 percent for April, dropping from the revised rate of 5.1 percent in March.

Glenn County's unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in April; Tehama County, 6.2 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 33.2 to 33.6 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $27.42 to $27.72, the release said.

"I was pleased to see that Arkansas' unemployment rate has fallen to an all-time low for the fourth time in as many months", Gov. Hutchinson wrote in a statement releaseed to the media.

Comparing March and April's nonfarm employment, totals declined by 5,900 jobs. Those three industries also are the biggest contributors to job growth during the past five years, accounting for more than half of the almost 400,000 jobs added since April 2012. "However, it is important to remember that this is a preliminary rate that is subject to later adjustment as late reporting is added to the computation of the final rate, which will be available in next month's press data release". The gains were driven in large part by professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. "Our 3.5 percent unemployment tells us that we are on the right track in terms of implementing conservative policies that spur job creation and put Arkansans to work". Pueblo's unemployment rate in April 2016 was 5.2 percent.

This is also the third consecutive month that New Mexico's unemployment rate stands at 6.7 percent.

Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and is one of three states to reach its lowest unemployment rate since the BLS' state series began in 1976.

"The creation of more than 3,500 jobs by businesses in the Pensacola area is great news for families in Northwest Florida".

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