Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Valley's March unemployment rate down

Valley's March unemployment rate down

Payroll employment growth remained significantly higher over the year, with businesses adding around 3,210 jobs (+4.1%).

Hancock County's unemployment rate declined to 3 percent in March from 3.3 percent in February, the state reported.

Indiana's labor force had a net increase of 7,513 over the previous month, DWD said.

Jefferson County: The unemployment rate was unchanged over the past year.

Notable sector gains include trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,600); and construction (+1,100). Relatively large gains were seen in education and health services, up 300, and retail, 200.

The strength in the economies of counties surrounding Puget Sound helps lower the statewide unemployment rate and covers over the fact that 21 of Washington's 39 counties are considered "distressed" - that is, their unemployment rates (averaged over three years and not adjusted for seasonal changes) are at least 20 percent higher than comparable statewide figure of 5.2 percent.

Total nonfarm employment in the county rose by 2,900 jobs compared with March 2017, for an over-the-year growth rate of 1.8 percent, according to the department. The national rate was 4.1 percent last month.

The state's strong economy continues to attract workers, which has helped employers fill open positions and kept the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate steady.

Employment levels dropped a modest 70 jobs from this time previous year (-1.2%).

In Gary the rate slipped to 7.1 percent, from 7.3 percent in February (7.4 percent in March 2017). There were 500 more people employed in March than in February. LaGrange County had the lowest at 2.2 percent. Hughson had a March rate of 5.9 percent, down slightly from the 6.2 percent posted in February.

In LaPorte, the rate fell by more than half a point, to 4.3 percent from 5.0 percent in February (4.9 percent in March 2017).

Marginally attached workers are those who indicate "that they want a job, have looked for work in the last 12 months (or since the last time they worked if they worked in the last 12 months), and are available for work".

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