Unemployment Rate in Lewis County Creeps Up According to Latest Data

Saturday, 30 Dec, 2017

The county rate in November was 2.4 percent, down one-tenth of a percent from the previous month when Elkhart and LaGrange counties on Indiana's northern border and Adams County in the Fort Wayne area were all tied for the lowest unemployment and Dubois County was in sole possession of the No. 2 spot.

The labor force is made up of the people holding jobs or looking for work. Much of the job growth over the past year was in manufacturing (+150 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (+60 jobs).

Smith said the dramatic story for Louisiana employment has been in the downstream refining and petrochemical sector, which is where the new capital expenditures are occurring.

Last month, 7,163 Yakima County residents were without jobs, a 28 percent drop from the same month a year ago when almost 10,000 residents were without jobs.

Last month's 5.8 percent unemployment rate is well below the 8.1 percent of November 2016 and is the lowest by far for that month since 1990.

Idahos labor force and employment levels experienced the largest monthly gains for all of 2017, the report states.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in November, down from 3.4 percent in October and down from 4.1 percent in November of 2016. "Fast rates of job growth are largely behind us as Deschutes County's job expansion matures".

Unemployment rates increased in all 55 counties.

Idahos labor force participation rate rose slightly for the fourth consecutive month from 63.5 to 64 percent, with the average share for men (70 percent) and women (58 percent) remaining stable for the past 12 months.

"That's indicating that strong labor market still", said Erik White, regional labor analyst with DEED.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in November, which was the same as October and is down from 4.4 percent in November 2016.

The increase in positions from the business and professional services sector contributed to robust nonagricultural job growth overall for Yakima County. Information services had no change in jobs.

Dubois: 2.4 percent, down from 2.5 percent.

"Private-sector employers added 52,000 jobs in November and have accounted for the addition of 294,600 positions in Texas over the past year", said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs.