The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 2%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 9.3 percent, Clarke County at 6.7 percent and Lowndes County at 6.4 percent. In the U.S.as a whole, the unemployment rate in November was 4.1 percent compared with 4.6 percent in November 2016.
The Labor Department's report on state unemployment released Friday showed rates fell in 19 other states, a positive sign for us economic growth.
In addition to Alabama, states with the lowest unemployment rates included California, Hawaii, Mississippi and Texas in November. Two industry sectors reported job declines over the month, down a total of 8,200 jobs. Texas had the most growth with 330,600 jobs. Leisure and Hospitality employment continued to grow by adding 8,000 jobs in November.
Jobs losses were experienced in Information (-100), Trade, Transportation, & Utilities (-200), Professional & Business Services (-200), Educational & Health Services (-300), and Other Services (-300). It was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota.
The nationwide jobless rate held steady at 4.1%.
The Amarillo and Midland MSAs recorded the month's lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.6 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs with a rate of 2.7 percent.