NY unemployment rate declines to lowest level since 2007

"So we have more people looking for work". The rate was 3.8 percent last February. VEC economist Ann Lang says it's the lowest rate since June 2008, and the 26th consecutive monthly increase - and another record-high - in household employment.

Still, over the past year, the state has showed robust gains, consistently outpacing the national pace of job creation.

More Iowans went off the unemployment rolls in February as the rate dropped for the fifth straight month to 3.2 percent.

Among the counties bordering St. Johns, Clay had the lowest unemployment rate in February at 4.3 percent.

"We're seeing struggling in the apparel sector as there are many fewer positions to fill there", Britton said.

IN unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 4.7 percent and is the lowest among the surrounding states.

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In Ohio, the labor force participation rate was 62.6 percent for February, unchanged from a year earlier, the state reported Friday.

The report shows that about 500 more people were employed in the county in February than the same month past year. Notably, construction hiring showed signs of continued strength, adding 2.3 percent (400 net jobs) for the month and 9.9 percent (1,600) over the previous year. The rate was 8.1 percent in January. In February 2016, Ohio's unemployment rate was 5 percent.

A press release from the governor's office said the Jacksonville MSA saw an increase of about 25,000 jobs in the past year.

Comparing industries over the year, 7 of the 11 industry groups saw growth in available jobs. Years later, the African-American unemployment rate is still substantially higher than other racial and ethnic groups.

Unemployment by gender: The unemployment rate for men was 4.3 percent, down from 4.5 percent in February 2016.

The best performing industries in February were trade, transportation and utilities and hospitality, which piled on a combined 16,700 jobs over the month. There were 501,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,058,000.

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