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Montana’s unemployment rate up slightly to 3.4% in October

Nov. 19, 2019 12:46 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.4% in October. Gov. Steve Bullock says 851 people joined the workforce last month due to wage growth and increased job opportunities. That’s the largest monthly gain in the labor force since 2015. The...

Nebraska jobless mark of 3.1% unchanged for 4th month

Nov. 19, 2019 12:20 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s unemployment rate of 3.1% remained unchanged in October, the fourth month in a row at the figure, according to a report released Tuesday. The preliminary October rate was four-tenths of a point higher than the adjusted October 2018 rate of 2.7%, the Nebraska Labor...

Maine’s long streak of low unemployment spans another month

Nov. 19, 2019 10:55 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s unemployment rate is approaching four years of remaining at very low levels. The Maine Department of Labor says the unemployment rate for October was 2.8%. That was down a tick from 2.9% in August and September. The state’s unemployment rate was 3.5% a year ago...

Kansas unemployment drops to 3.1%, lowest in 40-plus years

Nov. 19, 2019 10:29 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that its unemployment rate in October dipped to 3.1% and was at its lowest rate in more than 40 years. The state Department of Labor said Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined from 3.2% in September and was below the 3.3% recorded in October...

US housing starts climbed 3.8% in October

Nov. 19, 2019 8:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building jumped 3.8% in October, a positive sign for the overall economy as developers anticipate steady demand. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.31 million. Starts for single-family houses were up 2%,...

Rhode Island gains jobs, and unemployment rate holds steady

Nov. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State labor officials say Rhode Island gained 2,400 jobs from September to October and the unemployment rate held steady. The state Department of Labor and Training says the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in October was 505,800, up 2,400 jobs from the revised September job count....

Georgia’s unemployment rate ties historic low at 3.4%

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s unemployment rate in October is tying a historic low at 3.4%. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Friday that the jobless rate fell from 3.5% in September. October’s number ties the mark set in December 2000, the lowest since current data began in 1976. The...

Agency: Utah’s jobless rate drops to 2.5 percent in October

Nov. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 2.5 percent in October, down from 2.7 percent in September, as the state’s economy added 51,200 jobs in the prior year. Department of Workforce Services Chief Economist Mark Knold, said Thursday that...

Pennsylvania jobless rate up; labor force, payrolls at highs

Nov. 15, 2019 10:00 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate ticked up in October for the second straight month, even as payrolls and the labor force hit record highs. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2%. It...

US producer prices up 0.4% in October

Nov. 14, 2019 8:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose 0.4% in October, the biggest jump in six months, reflecting a surge in energy costs. The Labor Department said Thursday that the October increase in its producer price index, which measures price pressures before they reach consumers, followed a 0.3% decrease in...