Iowa's unemployment rate steady at 2.9%

Iowa's unemployment rate steady at 2.9%

The state reported that the number of people working in SC in January was again above 2.2 million. Nondurable goods manufacturing lost an estimated 100 jobs statewide, the information sector was down 400 jobs and the education sector was down 600. Compared to the third quarter 2017, the official unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points.

The Nebraska Labor Department says the preliminary January unemployment rate matched the 2.9 percent of December. "The state's employers are looking to hire the 51,000 job seekers".

Maryland saw the strongest job growth in the professional and business services sector, with a gain of 6,700 jobs.

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Employment in Lawrence and Douglas County fell by almost 2,000 jobs in January as the local jobless rate rose four-tenths of a point to 3 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: Lincoln's preliminary rate rose three-tenths of a point to hit 2.7 percent, compared with 2.4 percent in December. That's up from a revised 4.2 percent in December.

In February, the US economy added 313,000 new payroll jobs, the biggest single monthly increase since July 2016.

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