County unemployment rate lowest in decades

This month's report shows the greatest job growth occurred in government up 1,900, transportation, warehousing and utilities up 1,600 and wholesale trade up 1,300 new jobs.

"Our rate declined in April as we saw more people become employed, the labor force continued to grow and our employers reduced the number of new layoffs", Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5 percent in April, with the state losing 5,000 jobs, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 22,400, with gains in the education and health services sector (+6,600), the professional and business services sector (+4,400), and the leisure and hospitality sector (+4,400), among others. The nation's unemployment rate fell in April to a almost 16-year low of 4.4 percent.

The region's unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in April.

Unemployment rates are slightly higher in Arcata and Rio Dell, which had rates of 4.9 percent and 5.4 percent respectively, according to Weaver.

Across the nation, Arkansas and OR also set new lows with unemployment rates of 3.5 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively. The Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes St. Johns County, had an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.

"These job gains, coupled with large increases to the labor force and a low unemployment rate, are signs of a strong economy in the Commonwealth", Ronald L. Walker II, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary said.

Those figures were revised down by 5,000 jobs, to a total loss of 12,500. April's rate represents 119,256 unemployed persons, compared to 128,610 in March and 126,490 in April 2016. The number of unemployed people fell by 220 compared with March and by 486 compared with April 2016. The other eight states with lower jobless rates were Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Leading up to spring, the state was averaging more than 4,000 new jobs a month. In all, 19 states had unemployment rates lower than the national average. At the start of past year, 12-month gains were around 40,000 jobs.

  • Larry Hoffman