Florida unemployment rate drops, St. Johns County second lowest in state

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After seasonal adjustments, which include taking into account factors specific to this time of year, Florida's unemployment rate settled at 4.8 percent in March, which is still a drop from the February figure of 5 percent.

China created 3.34 million new jobs in the first quarter of the year and helped some 720,000 laid-off workers find new jobs last year, according to state media reports.

In a blog post about the March employment numbers, Elise Gould, a senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute, said that, despite President Trump's claims, the economy has been slowly but steadily headed ever-closer to full employment for years. There were job gains in educational and health services (up 6,300) and other services (up 900).

The national unemployment rate was 4.5 percent this March and 3.3 percent in the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5% in March, compared to 4.7% in February. IL has the next lowest rate at 4.9 percent. An increase in durable manufacturing employment of 3,000 positions was partially offset by a 200-job decline in nondurable goods. The state gained 3,600 nonfarm jobs over the year.

From March 2016 through March 2017, 12 of the state's 13 industry sectors added jobs.

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Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 2,300 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Since March 2016, this sector has surged by 7,100 jobs or 1.8 percent.

Statewide, 677,700 were employed and 19,100 unemployed in March for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 696,800.

The highest rate of joblessness in northwest Kansas was in Graham County, 4.2 percent.

Hawaii's unemployment rate is derived largely from a monthly telephone survey of households, while a separate survey of businesses determines the number of nonfarm payroll jobs. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

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