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ME unemployment rate lowest since 2001

ME unemployment rate lowest since 2001”

The state's unemployment rate remains at its lowest level since 2001. This is down just one tenth of a percent from January 2016 at 4.9 percent.

January unemployment rates increased compared to the same month previous year for Jefferson and Lewis counties, but remained relatively flat in St. Lawrence County. Among cities, the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills had the lowest unemployment at 4.2 percent compared to 11.9 percent in the Mobile suburb of Prichard, which was worst.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 4.8 percent for January 2017.

Year-over-year industry information is not available until April due to benchmarking, an annual process of re-estimating statistics as more complete data become available, the report said.

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The unemployment rate in Omaha in January was 3%; 3.1% in Lincoln; and 5.9% in Grand Island.

Owen County leads the pack of south-central IN area counties that showed improvement over January 2016's unemployment numbers IN the most recent state unemployment report.

At 7.7 percent, Lawrence County had the highest area unemployment rate in January, up from 6.8 percent in December and down slightly from the January 2016 rate of 7.8 percent. Only Wyoming, which saw its unemployment rate jump 1.1% during 2016, saw a significant increase of more than 0.5%.

Unemployment rates fell in five states, while the rates in Arkansas and OR fell to the lowest on records dating to 1976. Over-the-month, both initial claims and weeks claims also grew by 10.5% and 9.9% respectively in January 2017.

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Employment in other service, including repair-maintenance services and membership organizations, rose by 1,900.

Average wages statewide in January rose to $789.66 per week, up from $783.13 in December and $768.58 in January 2016.

Monday's report won't be the last for March as February's unemployment numbers are scheduled to be released on March 24.

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