Iowa employment rate holds 2.9 percent

Randall Padilla
March 14, 2018

The state's jobless rate was 3.4 percent a year ago.

The January number is still well below the January 2017 unemployment rate of 5.5 percent, however. Both have stayed in place since then. During all of 2017, weekly earnings averaged a 3.6 percent increase over the prior year, compared to a 1.9 percent increase in 2016.

In December, state officials announced there 369,000 people without jobs out of a workforce of 10.1 million. Private sectors saw little overall movement this month, while government gained more than seasonally expected in education and posted a gain of 1,300 jobs overall in January.

Maryland's low unemployment should lead to wage growth and improved.

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

Florida's housing market also remains strong as median home prices rose $20,000 across the state in the previous year.

There was a loss of 1,100 in trade, transportation and utilities jobs and a loss of 1,000 in the "other services" category. California added more than 400,000 jobs while Texas added more than 240,000.

Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin says the state's total labor force and number of employed workers were both up over the month and over the year. Federal labor figures do reflect those distinctions, summing them up under what the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls the alternative measure of labor underutilization.

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