California adds 22900 jobs in February; unemployment rate ticks down to 5%

Unemployment by race: The jobless rate for Asians was 3.4 percent in February, down from 3.8 percent a year earlier. "But when you look at the statistics, they tell an interesting story about Tennessee". The Virginia Employment Commission plans to publish the February unemployment rate for Richmond and other local areas on April 5. It remains well above the national rate of 63 percent. This is fueled by hiring in private education with added the majority of the jobs, 1,300.

The Kansas unemployment rate dropped a tenth of point in February compared with the previous month.

The county did set a record for the most people employed during the month of February, according to a report issued Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Wage and salary employment measured 1,980,800 in February, representing an increase of 13,300 from January. The rate is below the year-ago estimate of 9.6 percent.

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The labor force was also up for the month at 416,384, an increase of 1.6 percent from when it totaled 409,691 a year before. In comparison, job growth averaged about 2,800 per month in the same period of 2016. The county's two largest cities, Los Angeles and Long Beach, reported rates of 5.1 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively. The rate was 3.8 percent in January and 4.1 percent in February 2016. Lynn Hatter reports state employment officials say that's a good thing.

"We are once again announcing that we have more people working in Alabama than have been over the last eight years", said Washington. Instead, Iowa State University economist Dave Swenson said, it is a measure of a lack of slack in the labor force and counts a natural churn in workers starting and leaving jobs. That compares to a 1.6% increase in the nation as a whole.

The county did see significant losses in Trade, Transportation & Utilities at 700 jobs in February, however, the section is up 900 jobs for the year over.

  • Rita Burton