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Iowa employment rate holds 2.9 percent

14 March 2018, 06:22 | Melanie Burgess

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Unemployment rates in six states and the District of Columbia fell in January, with jobless rates stable in 44 states.

North Carolina's jobless picture has been above the national average most of the previous year.

The department said in a news release Monday that the December rate was revised up two-tenths of a point from the preliminary rate of 2.7 percent. Both have stayed in place since then.

The latest estimates now say that there are 397,000 unemployed people.

The state unemployment rate is tied for the fourth lowest rate in the country. Growth was mostly centered in state and local government.

Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3 percent, followed by Cullman County at 3.5 percent.

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Other sectors with gains included construction, up 800, health care and social assistance, up 800, and leisure and hospitality, up 900.

For December to January, 3,505 individuals gained a job, while 407 exited the job market, for an overall increase to the labor force of 3,912.

Accommodations and food services have also shown strong signs of growth with 3,600 jobs added since past year.

The number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 7,100 to 2,693,900 jobs while total employment increased by 4,000 to 2,942,000, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

"Based on headlines we've seen related to the recent federal tax reform, it will be interesting to watch how businesses' reaction to the tax cut translates into jobs numbers in the months ahead".

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