IN unemployment rate ticks up to 3.1 percent

Sunday, 20 Aug, 2017

However, the category - which counts durable and nondurable goods - remains down by 400 jobs over the same time a year ago.

The United States' jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point, from 4.4 percent in June to 4.3 percent in July.

For McKean County, the rate was 6 percent for June and 6.5 percent for May; Elk County, 4.9 percent for June and 5.1 for May; Cameron County, 7.4 percent for June, a 1-percent increase from May; and Potter County 6.2 percent for June and 6.8 percent for May.

In July there were 25,380 people in the labor work force in the county. The survey of 71,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy.

Arkansas' labor force participation rate - the percentage of the population from ages 16 to 64 that is working or seeking work - has improved by a significant amount this year, Pakko said.

Despite the over-the month decrease, the private-sector has showed job gains in five out of the last eight months. Vermont's labor force fell to 343,850 last month-the lowest level since July 2002, when it numbered 343,835.

Compared to July 2016, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are up by 32,900.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment decreased in Los Angeles County by about 40,800 jobs between June and July to just above 4.4 million. The steepest losses between June and July came in trade, transportation and utilities, which dropped 1,900 jobs, and professional and business services, which shed 1,100. "Year-over we have been gaining jobs", Weaver said.

The counties with the highest unemployment rates are Imperial County with 24.2 percent of the labor workforce unemployed, Colusa with 11.6 percent and Tulare County with 10.8 percent. However year-over-year, government jobs have seen the most growth, adding 9,100 since July 2016, the report said. Employment in three sectors declined.