State unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent in March

Posted April 22, 2017

The First Coast's jobless figure along with Florida's unemployment rate dropped sharply in March, according to state figures released Friday.

Virginia's non-farm payroll employment fell by 5,000 jobs from February to March after increasing by 27,500 jobs during the previous three months.

South Carolina's labor force also went up by almost 10,000, to more than 2.3 million.

The state's unemployment rate fell from 3.2 percent in February and 3.7 percent a year ago.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.9 percent in March, down from 5 percent in February and below the 5.6 percent rate in March 2016. The highest rate was in New Mexico, at 6.7 percent.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in 17 years.

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Maine, Tennessee and Washington state reported the largest percentage job gains last month, while Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania experienced the biggest cuts. "Additionally, the state is adding jobs at a faster rate than the nation as a whole".

Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted.

Leisure and hospitality (+13,000 jobs).

The document stated China faced "intensified structural conflicts" in the current job market, and urged employment to be placed as a top policy priority, while addressing new challenges.

Manufacturing continued to shed jobs, with 1,000 fewer people employed in March 2017 than in March 2016, with 300 of those jobs lost in between this February and March.

The government sector, which includes public education, public administration agencies and state-owned hospitals, rose by 1,800 jobs in March 2017, but has declined by 1,200 positions since last March. That rate was still the highest among all the state's urban metropolitan areas.