Unemployment stay steady at 3.3% in Nebraska

The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point over the same period to 4.8 percent.

Compared to January 2016, Arkansas' nonfarm payroll job totals are up 11,800.

Employment in professional and business services, which tend to add to the demand for office space, continued to trend up in February, by a net of 37,000 jobs.

New job seekers could be the result of new residents, people re-entering the workforce after being out of it for various reasons, or similar factors.

The Labor Department, which usually updates its labor force data at the same time it releases the unemployment rate, did not release January labor force statistics on Tuesday, with most state workers told to stay home because of the snowstorm.




The region's unemployment rate has returned to levels last seen in the months leading up to the last recession, which began to hit the local labor market in 2008. "The others remain unemployed".

The labor force in Limestone County decreased in January, but increased slightly in Morgan and Lawrence counties. "These are positive indicators for our economy". Over-the-month, both initial claims and weeks claims also grew by 10.5% and 9.9% respectively in January 2017.

Average weekly earnings measured $789.66 in January, up from $783.13 in December, and $768.58 in January 2016. Retail employment dropped for the month, losing 26,000 jobs, partly as an increasing number of retail chains closed a larger amount of their stores.

Auburn-Opelika metro area average weekly wages were up from $618.43 in January 2016 to $664.35 in January 2017. There were 3,300 people receiving benefits in January 2017 and 3,400 the same month past year. Still, overall employment rose by about 6,400 to 2.05 million.

New Hampshire had the lowest unemployment rate in the country in January at 2.7 percent, followed by Hawaii at 2.8 percent, Colorado and South Dakota at 2.9 percent each and North Dakota at 3 percent.

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