Jobless rates fell in 11 U.S. states, hit record lows in 2

Andrew Cummings
November 17, 2017

Unemployment rates fell to record lows in Idaho and Tennessee in September, and dropped in 9 other states.

According to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity figures released Friday, only Gainesville (3 percent) and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin (2.8) enjoyed lower rates. Instead of gaining 10,500 jobs in September, the state only added 100.

Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in October, the lowest since April 2007 and down two-tenths of a percentage point from September and 1.3 percentage points from a year earlier.

Though not the lowest in the Midwest as it was one year ago, in is still fairing better than most in the region.

Statistics released Friday by the Vermont Department of Labor shows that the October rate showed no change from September and is down from 3.2 percent in October of past year.

After Florida, the states with the biggest job losses were NY, which shed 34,100, followed by Missouri, with 10,500.

The tough hit Florida jobs took from Hurricane Irma was not long lived, as predicted by economists. Pinellas Countys rate was unchanged at 3.1 percent, as was Hernando County at 4.3 percent. Last month the state gained 125,300 jobs.

The jobless rate dropped to 2.8 percent in Idaho from 2.9 percent in the previous month. Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.3 percent followed by Hardee County at 5.8 percent and Glades County at 5 percent.

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