Alabama jobless rate drops to 3.6 percent


Total employment grew by another record-setting increase of 4,246 in October - to 804,924; while the total number of unemployed increased by 604 to 23,622, the release stated.

Maine's jobless rate continues to maintain historic lows. According to monthly data going back to 1990 kept by the DLIR, Hawaii County's unemployment rate has never dropped below 2.3 percent.

Maine's unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 3.5 percent.

Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta says the lower unemployment rate and jobs growth indicate the "ongoing strength of the economy in MA".

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That easily surpassed the previous low of 2.4 percent achieved from October through December 2006 and from May through September 1989.

About 100,000 Louisianans were jobless, down more than 5,000 from September. The Omaha metro area's rate of 2.4 percent also was the lowest in almost 20 years.

Statistics show annual growth is strongest in the leisure and hospitality sector, with 7,100 jobs added. The commonwealth's rate remained above that of the United States, which declined by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.1 percent.