Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

ME unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

ME unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

State officials say the unemployment rate was below the state average in three largest metro areas of ME, which are Portland-South Portland, Lewiston-Auburn and Bangor.

The state unemployment rate dipped to 2.7% in October, a tenth of a percent lower than in September.

"In October, 3,383 additional Kansans became employed", said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 1,700 from September.

Omaha's unemployment rate for October was 2.4 percent, down from 2.7 percent in September and 3.1 percent in October of a year ago.

Professional and business services had shown the most growth this year, adding more than 4,000 jobs.

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At the same time, the size of the state's labor force has continued to hover right around 1.4 million people for most of the past year.

The Manhattan area continued to have the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 2.3 percent. That's the lowest Lincoln rate since 2000, according to the Labor Department.

According to Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, "Last month South Carolina's robust economy grew further, with businesses hiring more people in almost every industry sector".

Nationally, the unemployment rate is 4.1 percent.

The private service-providing sector, at 3,863,100, lost 2,000 jobs.

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