OH unemployment rate inches down to 5 percent for April

Over the past two years, New Mexico has consistently been among the states with the highest unemployment rate. 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.

Statistics indicate payroll declines in March and April. But since April 2016, officials say the manufacturing sector was up by 4,200 jobs.

St. Johns County's unemployment rate fell 0.3 of a percentage point from March and was 0.5 of a percentage point lower than April 2016.

The department released its monthly report of results of a survey of households and businesses, which offers preliminary numbers on job growth and unemployment. 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.

The national unemployment rate now sits at 4.4 percent, which is down from 5.0 percent in April of a year ago. The Land of Lincoln was tied with MI for the second-highest jobless rate in the Midwest.in the Midwest region, only OH has a higher unemployment rate of 5 percent.

According to the state Department of Employment and Workforce, the number of employed people in sc last month was 2.23 million, up nearly 4,000.

Michael Bernick, a labor lawyer in San Francisco and a former EDD director, characterized Friday's data as a continuation of a remarkable run. Osceola County, which usually has the highest unemployment rate in the metro area, saw its rate drop to 4.1 percent in April, down from 4.4 percent in March, and down from 4.8 percent a year ago. The largest decreases occurred in government, leisure/hospitality, and professional/business services. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach placed third with 26,400 new jobs, a 3.2 percent hike.

Sung Won Sohn, a professor of economics at California State University, Channel Islands, also noted the prolonged period of job growth but warned that it was not wise to "put so much attention on the jobless rate alone".

Kentucky's statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Rates declined over the year in all counties.

  • Salvatore Jensen