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OH unemployment rises to 5.1 percent, above U.S. rate

26 March 2017

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

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Iowa now has a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.2 percent. According to this survey, five of Kentucky's 11 major non-farm North American Industry Classification System job sectors registered gains in employment, while six declined from the previous month. Among Hispanics, the jobless rate was 5.6 percent in February, down from 5.9 percent in January.

St. Johns County had an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in January, the second-lowest rate in the state. Over the last 12 months, the state added 315,800 jobs, an increase of 1.9%.

Unemployment in York County fell to 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent in January. The February jobless rate among Hispanic men 20 years old and older was 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in January.

In February 2017 IL surpassed its previous jobs peak from September 2000.

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The state's report on nonfarm payroll jobs also was strong, Pakko said. "However, almost 300,000 manufacturing jobs that existed in the year 2000 are no longer in IL". Wage and salary employment is fewer than 20,000 jobs away from reaching the two million-mark milestone.

The central San Joaquin Valley and the Inland Empire, though growing, have not experienced the kind of boom experienced along the coast, Sung Won Sohn, an economist at California State University, Channel Islands, said earlier this month. That translates to about 25,000 jobs added over the course of the month. Since 2000, Illinois' job market has seen significant divergence between white-collar jobs in the service sector and blue-collar jobs in manufacturing and construction. The black unemployment rate at 8.1 percent, was down from 8.8 percent in February 2016.

George Zeller of Cleveland, an economic research analyst, said Ohio's job growth in February had to be put into perspective. This category includes establishments engaged in finance and insurance as well as real estate, rental and leasing. The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,639,700 in February.

And the Charleston area continued to lead the state in job creation, as the tri-county area added jobs at a 3.2 percent over the year. The sector has lost 2,600 positions since February 2016.

The numbers have been adjusted for seasonal factors that may temporarily affect employment.