Local jobless rate steady in March; state rate drops

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The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, with the nation gaining 103,000 jobs.

From March 2017 to March 2018, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased four-tenths of a percentage point from 3.9 percent. Idaho's labor force participation rate held steady at 64 percent for the third consecutive month.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.4 percent in March as 2,059 people found work, raising the number of employed to an all-time high of 2,225,456.

March's rate is down slightly from February's 2.9 percent, and well below March 2017's rate of 3.3 percent. Professional, scientific and technical services together added the greatest number of jobs at 5,500. Wisconsin also added 6,800 total non-farm jobs over the month and a significant 29,700 total non-farm jobs over the year.

"Since December 2010, businesses have created more than 1.5 million jobs for Floridians and their families", she said. Over the year, Manufacturing gained 2,500 (+1.0%) jobs.

The only sector to lose jobs in the past 12 months was information, which includes media outlets.

Logging and mining employers cut 100 jobs.

"This was the second consecutive month when OH gained more than 10,000 jobs - a favorable trend", he said. The "other services" sector, which includes auto fix and laundry services, reported the biggest decrease, down 4,600, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, which fell 4,400. Growth was led by local governments, which added 5,300 jobs to their payrolls. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 8,800 (+2.4%) jobs.

Many construction workers left the workforce during the downturn, and instead of returning, entered other industries or retired.