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Wyoming unemployment rate improves as labor force shrinks

23 December 2016

The figures are part of the latest monthly New York State Department of Labor data released Tuesday.

Hancock County had the lowest unemployment rate in November at 3.2 percent, down from 3.4 percent in October.

The national average last month was 4.6 percent. Those figures were not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations. Year-over-year there was a gain of 6,800 jobs.

The rate declined as the number of employed residents increased.

That marks the fourth straight month the state's unemployment rate has declined.

Local statistics on those part-time and unconnected workers are not available.

Warren's jobless rate dropped from 4.4 percent in November 2015 while the city's metropolitan rate dropped from 4.7 percent in November a year ago. There were 26,100 people employed in November 2015, with a civilian labor force estimate of 27,300.

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The unemployment rate is based on a survey of 3,100 households in the state. The largest decrease in unemployment occurred in Campbell County (down from 6.3% to 5.9%). Numerous cities and towns Springfield trails are on Cape Cod and the islands, where few work in the tourist off-season.

Counties with unemployment rates at or above 6.5 percent include, Monroe, Noble, Meigs, Pike, Jackson, Jefferson, Morgan, Scioto, and Ottawa. It was followed by Oldham County, 2.7 percent; Fayette and Shelby counties, 2.8 percent each; Scott and Warren counties, 3 percent; and Anderson, Boone, Jessamine, Spencer and Washington counties, 3.1 percent each.

"Over the past year, Kentucky has seen growth in both the labor force and the number of employed, with the labor force growing by 2.8 percent and employment increasing by 3.7 percent", said Kate Shirley Akers, Kentucky Labor Market information director, in a news release issued earlier this month. Clark County was the 9th lowest rate, with 3.1 for November.

The state's jobless rate for November was 4.7 percent, in line with the nation. It was higher than the 3.2 rate from October and 3.9 in November 2015.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 116, or 4.6 percent, to 2,627 in November. Lee County had the lowest rate in the region with 4.7%.

Annual job growth in the metro area is running slightly behind the last two years.