Newswatch: Ohio's unemployment rate dips slightly in April

Marco Green
May 20, 2019

The state office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Friday that the jobless rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in April to stand at 2.9%.

66 of Alabama's 67 counties saw their unemployment rates drop or remain the same over the month. The losses were partly offset by gains in the leisure and hospitality and the construction sectors.

Last month, the USA jobless rate dropped to 3.6%.

Professional and business services gained 100 jobs. Only Wisconsin and Minnesota have lower unemployment rates in the Midwest at 2.8 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.

It was the tenth straight month that the unemployment rate held at 2.4%. "Nonfarm payroll jobs also increased, setting a new record high number of jobs in the State", BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said in a news release.

Since this time past year, the state has added almost 17,000 jobs. Total non-farm employment is up 10,900 jobs from last April. The labor force decreased by 3,200 from 3,843,500 in March, with 1,600 fewer residents employed and 1,600 fewer unemployed. Compared to April 2018, the labor force participation rate is up 0.4%.

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