South Carolina's jobless rate dips in September to 3.9

Andrew Cummings
October 20, 2017

The state's preliminary unemployment rate remained unchanged in September at 2.8 percent, which is the fifth lowest in the nation, the Nebraska Labor Department said in a report Friday. The labor force totaled 555,000 in September, which is down 1,300 from August and up 2,800 from Sept. 2016.

A total of 6,955 individuals collected Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in September 2017, down from 7,298 a year ago.

"The Department is hosting job fairs and employer engagement events all over the state to assist in matching willing and able workers to hiring employers", said Lindsay Kurrle, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor.

Maine's employment-to-population ratio estimate in September was 61.8 percent, above the US average of 60.4 percent, according to the department.

In September, the US jobless rate stood at 4.2 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from August and down seven-tenths of a percentage point from September 2016.

The national unemployment rate was 4.2 percent last month, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point.

The private-sector job growth was primarily concentrated in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing and professional business services.

The state has added 27,100 private sector jobs during the first nine months of the year.

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households.

"While the number of employed Arkansans increased slightly from last month, there are 43,387 more employed than in September 2016", BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said in a news release.

The September unemployment rates for Vermont's 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.3 percent in White River Junction to 4.3 percent in Bennington and Derby (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally-adjusted). The financial activities sector saw the biggest jump, adding 1,700 jobs, including 900 in finance and insurance and 800 in real estate and rental and leasing. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The seasonally adjusted rate factors influences such as weather, holidays and the opening and closing of schools. The changes to the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate were statistically significant in the seasonally-adjusted series. However, because of the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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