NC jobless rate falls in April, 4.7 percent nears US average

Oregon's unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent in April: It was the lowest mark since the state started keeping comparable records in 1976.

The national unemployment rate stood at 4.4 percent in April.

Unemployment rates declined in 10 states in April, increased in one - MA - and held relatively stable in the other 39, the Labor Department said Friday.

During the past year, nonagricultural employment in the state has grown by 5,500 jobs. This was down from 3.8 percent in March and down from 4.1 percent in April 2016.

The Current Population (CPS), or the household survey, is conducted by the Census Bureau and identifies members of the work force and measures how many people are working or looking for work.

Indiana's labor force increased by 4,805 over the previous month with a 16,408 increase in employment and an 11,603 decrease in unemployment. Some 3,700 jobs were lost in government in Florida last month, most concentrated in state and local jobs.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in March and 5 percent in April 2016. The leisure and hospitality (‐800 jobs); education and health services (‐300 jobs); and manufacturing (‐100 jobs) industries lost jobs over the year.

You can view the April 2017 employment data here. Since April 2016, this sector gained 2,600 jobs or 2.8 percent.

With the Australian economy welcoming 37,400 new workers to the labour force last month, the total number of Australian's in employment climbed to 12.09m, its highest level on record.

"Rising part-time employment is a natural feature of an economy undergoing structural change and as the Reserve Bank noted this month, part-time work is chosen by many people juggling responsibilities", he said. This post was updated to clarify that the new unemployment data is preliminary and add quotes from Matthew Barewicz.

"Though April nonfarm job estimates fell by 1,500 we are still well ahead of last year's pace", said Andy Condon, research director at the Department of Labor.

The EDD reported that during the month, the construction sector gained 1,500 jobs, while hotels and restaurants added 1,300 positions. The U-6 rate for Washington through the first quarter 2017 was 10 percent compared to the national rate of 9.5 percent.

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