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Iowa's unemployment rate steady at 2.9 percent

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Ellis Copeland | 12 March, 2018, 20:38

The department says the January rate also remained well below the USA rate, which was unchanged at 4.1 percent.

Nationally, unemployment was unchanged at 4.1.

Manufacturing jobs were up by more than 3,100 in January. Comparatively, the national unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent from 4.8 percent.

"Kansas starts the year at a low 3.5 percent unemployment rate", Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon said in a news release.

Employment in Maryland mirrored the national trend, with the US unemployment rate in January unchanged from the previous month at 4.1 percent.

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For the month, manufacturing and professional services sectors saw the biggest job gains, adding about 600 new workers each, while the education and health services industry added about 500 jobs. With the exception of one month when it was equal to the nation's rate in October 2014, Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the US rate for more than four years.

The state gained 150,900 jobs over the year, an increase of 1.8 percent.

Indiana's unemployment rate ended at 3.3 percent for December which was lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

The number of people classified as unemployed declined to a seasonally adjusted 96,678, the lowest figure since February 2000. The number of unemployed people was up more than 2,000, to over 100,000. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, the labour force participation rate is 1.7 percentage points higher.

The Topeka area's jobless rate grew six-tenths of a point, to 3.7 percent while Wichita's jobless rate grew by three-tenths of a point to 3.9 percent.

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