Unemployment continues decline in January; Broward construction job growth outpaces state

January unemployment rate sets new record low nearly 40,000 fewer unemployed			 0					By		Elizabeth Lauten

The number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 7,100 to 2,693,900 jobs while total employment increased by 4,000 to 2,942,000, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Monday that the state's unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point from the December rate.

Colorado's unemployment rate held steady at 3 percent from December to January, keeping it below the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

The state and federal unemployment figures diverged in October, when North Carolina's rate rose to 4.5 percent and the national level fell to 4.1 percent.

The number of jobs in Maryland increased to 2.73 million, with growth in construction, transportation and utilities, professional and business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nondurable goods manufacturing lost an estimated 100 jobs statewide, the information sector was down 400 jobs and the education sector was down 600. Charleston County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.0 percent.

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,625,300 in January - 300 lower than in December and 800 lower than a year ago.

Over the year, the Kansas economy added 9,100 nonfarm jobs, or 0.6 percent, the department said.

The department says the January rate also remained well below the US rate, which was unchanged at 4.1 percent. Putnam County's 5.5 percent is the fifth highest jobless rate in Florida. Compared with the previous quarter this indicator increased by 0.3 percentage points.



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