National data shows Florida remains among top states in job growth over the previous year. This was unchanged from December and down from 3.9 percent in January 2017. The department says the state's rate of unemployment has been below 4 percent for 26 consecutive months, which is the longest stretch since the current methodology was put in place in 1976.
When people stop looking for work, they are no longer considered unemployed for the objective of calculating the jobless rate, thus lowering the rate. The jobless rate had reached 3.6 percent in November.
While Friday's employment release from BLS shows a slight dropoff in the number of legal services jobs in the United States, the country's economy as a whole enjoyed strong job growth results in February.
Iowa businesses started the year by gaining 900 jobs in January, lifting total nonfarm employment up to 1,583,500 jobs.
Maryland's low unemployment should lead to wage growth and improved.
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Employment in educational and health services increased by 3,000.
Durable goods factories added the most jobs this month (+1,200). The January job gains were balanced with a reduction in the categories of real estate, retail trade, government, and transportation, warehousing and utilities.
The labor force data also does not distinguish how many workers are full time, temporary or part time, or how many jobs people are working.
The rates in Alabama (3.7 percent), California (4.4 percent), ME (3.0 percent), and MS (4.6 percent) set new series lows, according to the BLS, which began the current series in 1976. Those numbers are based on the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly household survey.