IL loses almost 9000 jobs on net in March; unemployment rate drops

Montana's unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in March.

Total employment levels, which include self-employed and agricultural workers, indicated a statistically insignificant decline of 278 jobs over the month, the state labor department reported. Cullman County has the state's third lowest rate, at 4.5 percent.

Flathead Countys unemployment rate bumped up to 6.7 percent last month, up from 6.4 percent in February. "The first quarter of the year is when we see unemployment rates at their highest in the year", he said. And men ages 16 to 24 had the highest rate a year ago: over 8 percent.

The report is based on a monthly survey of households and is not adjusted for seasonal workers.

In Lee County, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in February and 5.6 percent in March, down from 7.4 percent in March 2016.

Half of the state's 44 counties had unemployment rates above the state rate.

"The low unemployment rate reflects that what's happening in the national economy is going on at the state level, also", said Mervin Jebaraj, interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

In nearby metropolitan areas, Tyler's March unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, Dallas' was 4.2 percent, Fort Worth's was 4.4 percent and Texarkana's was 4.8 percent. "Thirteen thousand more people are working today in Alabama than last month and almost 43,000 more are working now than in March of a year ago".

IL lost jobs across several industries including construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services. The number of unemployed people and the labor force also declined, leading to a reduction in the unemployment rate. The biggest month-to-month job gains happened in trade, transportation and utilities and education and health services.

"Texas employers continue to keep our state competitive with an overall private-sector annual job growth of 210,500 with 7,000 jobs added in March", said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth R. Hughs.

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