Vermont Unemployment Rate Low As Labor Shortage Builds

Unemployment in Albania drops

Arkansas' January unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent.

The recalculations showed for the fourth consecutive year that the jobless rate wasn't quite as improved as initially thought for much of 2017.

The U.S. jobless rate was also unchanged at 4.1 percent in January. Both have stayed in place since then. But it's down from the 6.9 percent seen in January 2017, the largest decrease of any county over that time.

January is starting the year on a slightly cloudier note: unemployment ticked up a substantial 0.6 point, and the number of unemployed people in the county increased by 273, to 2,128.

"I am proud to announce that Florida businesses kicked off 2018 by creating more than 10,000 new jobs for families across the state in January" said Scott. It's the third lowest January unemployment rate since 1990.

Florida's overall growth rate for previous year was 1.8 percent, which was the 10th highest rate in the nation.

Trade, transportation and utilities declined by 2,600, with retail trade suffering a 2,300 hit, due in part to recent layoffs and closures in the sector.

Construction was up 4,100 jobs over the year and the leisure industry added 1,300 jobs. Growth was mostly centered in state and local government.

Vermont Labor Commissioner Lyndsay Kurrle says the limiting factor of economic growth in the state is the labor force.

"We're healing economically, but it's not revealed in the labor force numbers", Parker said.

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