Massachusetts Jobless Rate Dips in October

And it's three-tenths of a percent better than that rate of 4.1 percent, which was the lowest in nearly 17 years.

The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.8 percent.

Unemployment in Vermont's 17 labor market areas ranged from a low of 1.8 percent in White River Junction and 3.4 percent in Derby.

The last time Hawaii County's rate was 2.3 percent was in December 2006, before the start of the Great Recession. Since 1990, the highest unemployment rate on the Big Island was recorded in June 1994 at 11.4 percent.

The statewide figures put Nebraska in good company among states with the country's lowest unemployment rates.

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Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in CT. The national unemployment rate in October was 4.1 percent.

Omaha's unemployment rate ticked to a near 20-year low, and Nebraska's is the lowest since 1999, according to a state Labor Department report.

About 100,000 Louisianans were jobless, down more than 5,000 from September.

Across the state, job gains were recorded in the leisure and hospitality industry (1,000), construction (800) and information (200).

Government employment, at 772,600, increased by 3,300 positions.

  • Rita Burton