AR Unemployment Holds Steady at 3.7 Percent

January unemployment rate sets new record low nearly 40,000 fewer unemployed			 0					By		Elizabeth Lauten

North Carolina's unemployment rate in January didn't move from the 4.5 percent mark where it's been for three previous months.

Nebraska's unemployment rate in January held steady at 2.9 percent, the State Labor Department said Monday.

Wilcox County has the state's worst employment picture with a jobless rate of 10.4 percent.

Locally, Emporia's jobless rate inched up from 3.4 percent in December to 3.6 percent in January.

A year ago, Florida's unemployment rate stood at 4.6 percent, with 461,000 people listed as out of work. Private service-providing industries, while overall down seasonally from December 2017, saw a 300 job gain from January 2017.

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The January unemployment report coincides with the U.S. Department of Labor's annual "benchmarking" of unemployment figures, when the year's figures are revised and, in Florida, January and February figures are released withing two weeks of each other.

When people stop looking for work, they are no longer considered unemployed for the goal of calculating the jobless rate, thus lowering the rate. California added more than 400,000 jobs while Texas added more than 240,000. Out of a labor force of 10,152,000, there were 397,000 Floridians without jobs for the first month of 2018. Most of the hiring occurred in administrative and support services (+3,000), while management of companies decreased 1,300.

Total nonfarm jobs were up by 200 from December. Florida remains below the national mark of 4.1 percent.

Among counties, the highest unemployment rates were in Fremont at 6.2 percent, Park 5.5 percent and Natrona 5.4 percent.

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