Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.5 Percent

The last time the US unemployment rate was below 4.4. percent was when it was at 4.3 percent in May 2001, Gedney said.

The state's jobs report showed OH lost more than 13,000 goods-producing jobs from March to April.

The private industry segments with the most growth during April were mining and construction, up 3,980; leisure and hospitality, up 2,838; and professional and business services, up 1,579.

Santa Rosa County unemployment rate fell from 4.0 percent in March to 3.7 percent in April.

Nonfarm employment remained above 1 million last month, the report said. San Diego's unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in April past year.

Governor Hutchinson said he is pleased to see the unemployment rate fall in Arkansas. A year ago, MS recorded 6 percent unemployment.

Employers with the most job ads in April included the Napa Valley Unified School District, Auberge du Soleil, Wyndham Worldwide, St. Helena Hospital, Silverado Resort and Spa and Las Alcobas. Those three industries also are the biggest contributors to job growth during the past five years, accounting for more than half of the almost 400,000 jobs added since April 2012. Hawaii and North Dakota had the second-lowest unemployment rates at 2.7 percent, while New Mexico had the nation's highest jobless rate at 6.7 percent, followed by Alaska at 6.6 percent.

The number on the unemployment roll is also the lowest since December 2006. He said when the recession hit several years ago, there were about six to seven job seekers per job opening.

Orangeburg County had the fourth-highest unemployment rate among South Carolina's 46 counties in April. Other areas showing year-over-year growth were local government education, 3,500 positions; ambulatory health care services, 2,600; state government, 1,500; and nursing homes, 1,400, according to agency data.

The April data for Pueblo County showed 73,952 in the workforce, 71,582 people employed full- or part-time; and 2,370 unemployed, all an improvement from March and a significant gain from a year earlier.

  • Larry Hoffman