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State unemployment rate ticks up in September

22 October 2017

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the state jobless rate increased from 3.5 percent in August, but remains below the national rate of 4.2 percent.

Pennsylvania's nonfarm jobs count was up 10,300 to a record high of 5,970,400 in September.

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But the Nebraska Department of Labor says the number is less a reflection of more people being hired as it is having less available workers.The Norfolk area actually lost 136 jobs over the last month. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that MA has gained more than 62,000 jobs over the past year. For comparison, the September unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 2.9 percent which reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised unadjusted August level and a decrease of three-tenths of one percentage point from a year ago. The seasonally adjusted rate also was slightly lower from Kansas' August unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, and 4.3 percent in September 2016. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 18,700 over the month to 3,010,600, according to a news release from the department, and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 14,800 to 2,934,100. Jobs were up in seven of the 11 supersectors with the largest gain in trade, transportation & utilities (up 7,300).

Total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.1 percent from September 2016, while jobs in the United States were up 1.2 percent.

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The job growth data comes from the Current Employment Statistics or place of work survey, which is drawn from the responses of about 3.5 percent of employers.

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State unemployment rate ticks up in September