Maine Unemployment Still Low, Down Slightly in September

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Weld County maintained its steady, low unemployment rate of 2.1 percent in September, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Maine's unemployment rate was lower than the national rate of 4.2 percent and the New England rate of 3.9 percent.

The agency says total private sector employment has grown by more than 24,900 over the year and stood at 2.69 million, or 16,800 above a November 2016 peak.

Numbers unadjusted for seasons, SC added more than 1,200 jobs in manufacturing and 400-plus jobs in construction in September.

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Most of Colorado's metropolitan statistical areas had their unemployment rates unchanged from August to September. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that MA has gained more than 62,000 jobs over the past year. The largest decrease was in professional & business services, which fell 2,700 from a record high in August.

Three industry sectors reported job declines month-to-month, down a total of 4,900 jobs. Annual gains since 2016 were up across the board, including 7,300 jobs added in trade, transportation and utilities.

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.

Weld's unemployment rate is below the state's average of 2.3 percent, which is one-tenth of a percentage point higher than August's rate.