Unemployment rate in all 55 West Virginia counties increase in November


Davidson and Williamson counties tied for having the lowest unemployment in the state with rates of 2.5 percent, a slight increase of 0.3 percentage points compared to October.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced unemployment rates in November remained low across the state and the vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below 5 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 569 (2.4 percent) from the previous month to 24,186, but not enough to increase the November unemployment rate.

The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month's lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.6 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs with a rate of 2.7 percent. According to the state Department of Labor, last month was the county's highest November jobless rate since 2014, when the county had a rate of 7.1 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate, which is seasonally adjusted, fell to 4.8 percent in November from 5.1 percent in October.

Some may do a double take looking at November's employment numbers for Yakima County. Manufacturing is one of the major employment sectors in the county.

Idahos labor force and employment levels experienced the largest monthly gains for all of 2017, the report states. It was up three-tenths of 1 percent from 3.2 percent in October.

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Idahos labor force participation rate rose slightly for the fourth consecutive month from 63.5 to 64 percent, with the average share for men (70 percent) and women (58 percent) remaining stable for the past 12 months.

Nine of eleven major industries showed increased growth in November, including Professional and Business Services with 14,700 jobs added and Construction which added 8,200 positions.

Over the year, Idaho total nonfarm jobs increased 2.3 percent — 16,200 higher than 2016.

Meanwhile, New York state added 109,300 private sector jobs from November 2016 to November of this year.

Madison had the second lowest unemployment rate at 2 percent in November, down from 2.2 percent in October and down from 2.7 percent in November of 2016.