Mississippi jobless rate falls to lowest level since 1976

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Ohio's unemployment rate was 5 percent in April, with the state losing 5,000 jobs, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday.

April's rate was almost two percentage points lower than in April 2016, when it was 3.8 percent.

Merced County recorded the lowest unemployment rate (10.2 percent) on record for April, according to labor marker analysts. 2,088,884 people were working in April, up from 2,080,300 in March and 2,038,043 in April 2016.

Manatee County had the region's lowest unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent in April, followed closely by Sarasota County, at 3.7 percent.

The Florida and First Coast unemployment rates for April saw another decline in the jobless figures.

The unemployment rate notched up one-tenth of a percentage point, to 4.9 percent, in April. Illinois' neighboring states achieved much lower black jobless rates than IL in 2016.

Employment sectors that posted gains last month included construction and mining, which added 2,800 jobs; and leisure and hospitality.

Colorado and OR also reported record low unemployment rates. The Pensacola area had 5,089 job openings in April, including 1,440 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division's labor market information specialists. "Jobs are a primary indicator of overall economic health and what we've got right now is an overall loss of momentum".

Washington has added an estimated 76,500 new jobs from April 2016 through April 2017, not seasonally adjusted. The highest unemployment rate was New Mexico at 6.7 percent, while Alaska had the second highest at 6.6 percent.

"Southwest Florida, along with the rest of the state, continues to add jobs", Scott said in a statement. Jobs in government, which include employment at all federal, state and local agencies, public higher education institutions and Native American casinos, fell by 500.

"The decrease in construction sector jobs is likely a seasonal adjustment since it seems most construction workers were hired earlier this year", he wrote in an email. The year-ago rate was 3.4 percent.

The low rates are due to a mix of job growth and also an increase in workforce dropouts since the 2007-2009 recession, a trend seen elsewhere in the U.S. Nationally, labor force participation is near a historic low.

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