Hoosier unemployment drops in November

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Indiana's 3.7 percent November rate was lower than all of its neighboring states.

Lewis County's jobless rate last month, however, fell from the same time previous year from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, according to the state Department of Labor.

Lewis County's unemployment rate rose.4 percent in November from October, according to the Employment Security Department of Washington State. In October the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent and it dropped in November to 3.1 percent. The area had 117,300 nonfarm jobs in November, an increase of 4,500 jobs, or 4.5 higher than a year earlier.

Over the past year, the Medford MSA (Jackson County) gained 1,860 payroll jobs, a growth rate of 2.1 percent.

Scott County's jobless rate fared better than Clinton County's, which came in at 3.4 percent in November, down a point from a year ago.

Statewide, the not seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 5 percent, an increase of eight-tenths of 1 percent from 4.2 percent. Wilson County's rate in November represented 1,880 unemployed workers compared to a 69,750-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

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The two other sectors that added jobs in November were Leisure and Hospitality, and Educational and Health Services, which each added about 100 positions. The city's rate represented 460 unemployed workers compared to a 14,560-person labor force.

Greg A. Gardner, an associate business professor at SUNY Potsdam, said unemployment typically rises in the winter months in St. Lawrence County as summer businesses close for the season and agricultural work declines.

Shaul said hes optimistic about the employment picture for Kootenai County heading into 2018.

"We always have the highest unemployment rate when it comes to metropolitan areas", she said. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment grew by 8,200 jobs, and Manufacturing industry jobs increased by 2,700 positions. Information services had no change in jobs. The number of claimants dropped 19 percent from a weekly average of 5,400 a year ago to 4,400. The lowest unemployment rate was reported in the Birmingham suburb of Shelby County which saw its rate remain the same from October at 2.6%.

Warrick: 3.0 percent, up from 2.9 percent.