Alabama stats: More jobs, but more job seekers

Alabama stats: More jobs, but more job seekers

Alabama stats: More jobs, but more job seekers

Despite improvement nationally, Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent - the third worst jobless rate in the United States.

Colorado's economy started off 2017 with a hiring wave strong enough to push the unemployment rate from 3 percent to 2.9 percent, a low last reached in February 2001, according to a report Monday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

State officials report another drop in unemployment for Arkansas.

"When you have an increase in the labor force, and all of those people aren't able to find work, you will see an uptick in the rate", Washington said in a statement. Together those three industries added more than 11,000 jobs in the past year.

Indiana's unemployment rate hit 4.0 percent in January and Montgomery County's is even lower than the state average.

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Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington attributed the statewide increase in unemployment in part to a growing number of people in the workforce. Labor economists initially estimated the state had added jobs at a 2.6 percent rate a year ago, but that was revised down to 2.3 percent.

The January unemployment rates for Vermont's 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.6 percent in White River Junction, Burlington-South Burlington and Woodstock to 7.0 percent in Derby (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally-adjusted). Only Wyoming, which saw its unemployment rate jump 1.1% during 2016, saw a significant increase of more than 0.5%.

Since 1957, as far back as data is available, Arkansas' unemployment rate has not been as low as 3.8 percent, according to the bureau.

Average weekly earnings measured $789.66 in January, up from $783.13 in December, and $768.58 in January 2016.

In a separate measure of employment, total nonagricultural jobs declined over-the-month by 2,000 jobs.

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