OH unemployment rate falls again, to 4.5%

Unemployment rates fell in Southwest Florida during the month of February while the rate held even statewide according to a report released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday. Florida is also beating the national unemployment rate which was 4.1 percent for the month of February.

The private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 36,500 jobs, while the public sector lost 200.

Of the 63,995 increase in the labor force since February 2017, 78,050 has come from the employed ranks, while there were 14,055 fewer listed on the unemployed ranks.

The manufacturing sector added 2,500 jobs during the month.

Construction added 2,900 (+1.8 percent) jobs over the month.

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EDD said six of California's 11 industry sectors added a combined 23,500 jobs in February. The national rate remained steady at 4.1 percent. In February 2017, it was 4.1 percent. Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, eight of the eleven major industry divisions experienced employment gains, while the other three experienced employment losses. The place of work data is a monthly survey of about 5,500 employers in the state.

Virginia's nonfarm payroll employment is 36,300 jobs higher when compared to February of 2017. Hawaii had the lowest rate at 2.1 percent.

Unemployment in IN has fallen for the fourth consecutive month. When Walker took office in January 2011 the state's unemployment rate was 8 percent as the country recovered from the worst recession since the Great Depression. "Once again, we can announce that we have the fewest number of unemployed people in history". "The first two months of 2018 are a welcome departure from these trends".

The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks. "The outlook according to the latest data suggests the labor market in Maryland has kind of stalled over last 6 months".

Local area unemployment statistics for February 2018 will be released on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.


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