Kansas gains jobs, unemployment rate hits 16-year low

The professional and business services industry added 43,500 jobs in March, followed by trade, transportation and utilities with 40,3000 jobs, and the construction industries with 36,500 jobs.

In Clarendon County, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in February, as compared to 5.4 percent in March.

Morgan County's jobless rate was 4.9 percent in March, down from 5.7 percent in February and 5.6 percent in March 2016. Marion County had the highest, at 7.3 percent, although it dropped from 8.5 perent. It fell below 4 percent in March 2015 and dipped below 3 percent this past October. Marin and San Francisco counties reported 3 percent jobless rates. And Kershaw County dropped to 4.3 percent from 4.8 percennt.

The agency also says that the state added 3,000 construction jobs and 3,300 jobs in education and health services compared to the previous March. The biggest private-sector job gains were in the retail industry, while the manufacturing sector lost about 600 jobs.

The report is based on a monthly survey of households and is not adjusted for seasonal workers. Rio Vista continues to have the highest unemployment rate at 10.5 percent, down from 10.7 percent a month earlier, the EDD reported.

New Mexico's unemployment rate has largely been in the same area for the past four years. Lincoln's preliminary rate dropped to 2.6 percent from 2.8 percent in January and 2.9 percent a year ago. And it was hiring in government that led job gains in the county on both a month-to-month and year-over-year basis. The state is scheduled to release March data on the Pittsburgh region on May 2.

Among its New England neighbors, ME tied with Vermont for the second-best unemployment rate, falling behind New Hampshire's 2.8 percent.

The last time we saw March this low was in 2007, when the rate was 9.3 percent.

Month over month, the state gained 6,200 jobs, while Florida has added 246,100 jobs since March 2016, an increase of 3 percent.

  • Joanne Flowers