Kansas gains jobs, unemployment rate hits 16-year low

The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 3 percent, the state Department of Labor said.

The state Commerce Department said in a news release Friday that the number of people with jobs increased more than 15,000 to about 4.7 million over the month and increased more than 110,000 over the year.

Merced County tallied the largest gain in the "educational and health services" sector, which saw 600 more jobs, according to the Employment Development Department.

Overall, the state unemployment rate was a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent in March, down 0.2 of a percentage point from February and down 0.1 of a percentage point from a year ago. That has only happened in two other periods in the last 41 years. The EDD estimates the county had a labor force of 246,900, with 21,800 now unemployed. In some cases, the rate falls when those out of work stop looking and are no longer counted as unemployed.

In Clarendon County, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in February, as compared to 5.4 percent in March.

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Wilcox County in western Alabama has the state's highest jobless rate, 13.8 percent. Employers across the state have opened up about 60,600 more jobs since March 2016. This improvement was largely for positive reasons, as the number of unemployed residents dropped by 29,500 and the number of employed residents rose by 26,100, according to the household phone survey.

Manufacturing continued to shed jobs, with 1,000 fewer people employed in March 2017 than in March 2016, with 300 of those jobs lost in between this February and March. CT had the highest unemployment in New England at 4.8 percent.

"The economic recovery is finally washing across Maine's shores", said Michael Donihue, an economics professor at Colby College.

Black said it is important that the workforce be ready for the increasingly high-tech nature of jobs and to ensure employees' skill sets match up with the needs of employers.

Year over year, Idahos nonfarm payroll job growth remained strong with an increase of 2.7 percent, or 18,700, from the previous March. Clay had the lowest rate at 3.9 percent, followed by Duval (4.3), Flagler (4.8) and Putnam (5.4). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Construction (-7,100); Professional and Business Services (-3,600); and Government (-1,900).

  • Alfonso Moody