Marin unemployment rate 2.3 percent in December


The labor force participation rate over the year has increased by 0.7 percentage point compared to December 2016.

Seven years after the last recession, as labor markets tighten across the nation, Wisconsin's estimated unemployment rate dipped to 3.0%, matching the lowest rate on record, while the state set records for the total number employed.

State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in December but remained higher than the national rate. The state added 2,300 people to the labor force and 9,200 more people found jobs.

Over the year, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased four-tenths of a percentage point from 3.1 percent in December 2016. It stood at 4.8 percent in December 2016.

Corte Madera, which with Mill Valley had an unemployment rate of 1.6 percent in December, were the Marin municipalities with the lowest jobless rate.

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EDD said December employment throughout Sacramento County totaled 677,100, down 1,000 from November.

Professional and business services faced the biggest reduction in December, losing 3,300 jobs.

Increases in private sector employment accounted for the jobs gain. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities remained at the same level as a year ago, as did the other services industry, which includes fix, maintenance, and personal services. Mining and logging was unchanged.

Local job growth over the past year was concentrated in leisure and hospitality occupations, up 2,800 jobs; health care and social assistance, up 700 jobs; and state government, up 500 jobs. Healthcare was the only industry to add jobs. WorkSource also helps employers advertise jobs, convene hiring events and connect with subsidized employee training.

DE began the year with an unemployment rate of 4.3%. Washington's U-6 rate is the lowest it has been since 2007.