Unemployment rate in Yakima County in November smashes recent record

Unemployment rate in Yakima County in November smashes recent record

Unemployment rate in Yakima County in November smashes recent record

Smith said the dramatic story for Louisiana employment has been in the downstream refining and petrochemical sector, which is where the new capital expenditures are occurring.

The unemployment rate in Chambers County rose from 3.4% in October to an estimated 3.5% in the month of November.

The unemployment rate in Jefferson County spiked from the same time previous year when it was 6.3 percent and from October when it was 5.4 percent.

The state and national unemployment rates both remained unchanged with Idaho at 2.9 and the country 4.1.

The new report says total payroll employment increased by just 110 jobs in November. The amount of people employed and unemployed have not changed since October, so the labor force remains at 18,900.

In November, 7,765 people were unemployed, 495 fewer than in October, and 661 fewer than in November 2016, the department said. While the state average itself declined in the month of November, growth in area Counties remained stagnant or increased slightly.

Of the 468,000 working age Idahoans (36 percent) not in the labor force, 95 percent could be categorized as not looking for a job and 5 percent as wanting a job, further indicating a tightening labor market.

Davidson and Williamson counties tied for the lowest unemployment in the state with rates of 2.5 percent, a slight increase of 0.3 percentage points compared to October.

Overall, government employment grew by 2,100 over the year from a gain in local government (up 2,200, including 2,100 in education alone) and a loss of 100 federal government jobs. Much of the job growth over the past year was in manufacturing (+150 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (+60 jobs).

Over the year, Idaho total nonfarm jobs increased 2.3 percent — 16,200 higher than 2016.

Cheryl A. Mayforth, director of the Jefferson County Department of Employment & Training at the WorkPlace, said the unemployment rate typically rises in November because seasonal businesses close up for the winter, but a lack of holiday hiring from retailers and other private services, the second largest employment category in the county, this year pushed the rate even higher. Unemployment in St. Lawrence and Oswego counties also rose from last month when they were 5.7 percent and 5.6 percent respectively.

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