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Nebraska's unemployment rate falls to 2.7 percent; Iowa's at 2.9 percent

Nebraska's unemployment rate falls to 2.7 percent; Iowa's at 2.9 percent”

The Amarillo and Midland area came in with the state's lowest non seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 2.6 percent, while the McAllen- Edinburg-Mission area had the highest of 5.6 percent.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that the state's preliminary, seasonally adjusted November rate set a record at 3.5 percent, which is down from October's 3.6 percent.

The jobless rate fell to 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in October, with nine of 11 major industry sectors adding positions.

The state labor department says that while job losses continue in Alaska, they have "moderated noticeably" in the second half of this year.

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The national unemployment rate has gradually declined since 2010 and now stands at 4.1 percent. Around west Texas, the Abilene MSA registered 3.2 percent, Midland/Odessa 2.6 percent, and Lubbock was at 2.7 percent unemployment, according to the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. Madison County's rate also increased by one-tenth of a percent from 3 to 3.1 percent.

Friday's figures show that 23 states had jobless rate decreases from the same period in 2016.

The county unemployment rates for November 2017 will be published on Thursday, December 28th, at 1:30pm CT. These states also led in monthly job gains.

Jobs losses were experienced in Information (-100), Trade, Transportation, & Utilities (-200), Professional & Business Services (-200), Educational & Health Services (-300), and Other Services (-300).



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