New manufacturing jobs spur IL to new peak levels of employment

Dianna Christensen
March 14, 2018

Payroll employment increased in three states in January 2018, decreased in one state, and was essentially unchanged in 46 states and D.C. Compared with a year ago, 21 states added payroll jobs and 29 states and the District were unchanged, the bureau noted.

January unemployment estimates for other states in the region were 2.6 percent in New Hampshire, 2.9 percent in Vermont, 3.5 percent in MA, 4.5 percent in Rhode Island and 4.5 percent in CT, the department said. Both have stayed in place since then.

Cass had seen historically low unemployment rates throughout much of 2017, too. The agency reported that the USA economy added 313,000 jobs in February, marking the country's 89th consecutive month of job growth.

Construction continued its hold on the top growth spot for jobs, increasing by 9.6 percent, or 4,100 jobs.

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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.

The ISTAT number is more optimistic than that of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), whose Interim Economic Outlook report, also out on Tuesday, saw Italian GDP adding 1.5 percent in 2017. Growth was mostly centered in state and local government.

The largest decline was in professional and business services, which lost 2,300 jobs.

"We're healing economically, but it's not revealed in the labor force numbers", Parker said.

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