ME unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

Slight rise in Idaho unemployment for October

Maine unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate MA added 4,800 jobs in October.

Statistics show annual growth is strongest in the leisure and hospitality sector, with 7,100 jobs added.

Topeka's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in October, down four-tenths of a point in September and down a full percentage point compared with October 2016. The September estimate was revised to a gain of 10,300 jobs.

The unemployment rate remains the same at 3.9 percent, according to the Department of Workforce.

From October 2016 to October 2017, BLS estimates MA has added 69,000 jobs.

Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in CT.

The labor force decreased by 13,400 from 3,669,500 in September, as 5,600 fewer residents were employed and 7,700 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.

The report says the October rate was six-tenths of a point under the year-ago rate of 3.3 percent.

Last month's rate is well below the state's October 2016 rate of 6.1 percent. That's the lowest Lincoln rate since 2000, according to the Labor Department.

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