Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.4 Percent

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The May state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 4.3% reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest jobless rate during May at 7.5 percent, TWC officials said. The number of people working decreased by 1,150, and the number unemployed increased by 200.

Iowa's unemployment rate compared to a rate of 3.8 percent a year ago. Government employers cut 900 jobs, following April's cuts of 1,800 positions.

"We're seeing a falling-off in job creation over the last few months that's fairly broad based", Bauer said. "If Illinois had grown at the National average over that time, the State would have an additional 650,000 jobs".

Maine's unemployment rate in May ticked up slightly from April's 3 percent in preliminary figures released Friday.

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The largest drop in jobs occurred in the construction field, which shed 4,300 positions.

Over the months from the start of the year, the pool of people with jobs has grown steadily in Butte County. Private industries with the most growth on year were professional and business services, up 3,217; trade, transportation and utilities, up 2,351; and financial activities, up 2,251. The labor force includes people who have a job or are actively looking for one. Construction employment grew by 3,400 jobs statewide in May.

He said Ohio's job growth rate was 0.71 percent between May 2016 and May 2017.

"The direction of the trend for the unemployment rate here in Houston still seems to be sort of ticking upward".

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