Ohio unemployment rate inches down to 5 percent for April

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Numbers released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released Friday show the April state unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent, falling from the 4.5 percent rate in March before seasonal adjustments.

This is also the third consecutive month that New Mexico's unemployment rate stands at 6.7 percent. Coming out of the 2008-2009 US recession, Colorado ranked among the tops in the nation for jobs growth with the growth rate topping 3 percent.

Also good news for Baldwin County where the jobless rate fell to 3.9-percent, down from 4.8-percent in March.

Monthly hours worked across all jobs decreased by 2 million hours last month, official data showed. Statewide, 679,150 were employed and 18,850 unemployed in April for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 698,000.

The state has added about 58,600 jobs since April 2016.

Manatee County had the region's lowest unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent in April, followed closely by Sarasota County, at 3.7 percent. Full job recovery in the state is not likely for two more years, he said. "Employers did however report scheduling more hours for existing employees compared to last April", said Tyler Tenbrink, Senior Labor Economist, Kansas Department of Labor.

The 4.5 percent rate was well below the 5.3 percent rate from April 2016.

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Moderate gains were reported in leisure and hospitality (+2,500), trade-transportation-utilities (+2,400) and other services (+1,300).

Unemployment rates in Maui County increased on Maui and Molokaʻi and decreased on Lānaʻi from month before levels.

Part-time jobs were responsible for all of the growth in April.

Employment in Kentucky's construction sector for April 2017 was 4,000 higher than in April 2016.

The strongest private sector job gains came in nondurable goods manufacturing, which added 3,100 jobs.

At the same time, the labor force increased slightly, from 73,600 to 73,800 workers. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent. In all, 19 states had unemployment rates lower than the national average. Other areas showing year-over-year growth were local government education, 3,500 positions; ambulatory health care services, 2,600; state government, 1,500; and nursing homes, 1,400, according to agency data.

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