Iowa unemployment hits lowest rate in since 2001

The unemployment rate may not reflect every nonworking individual as it doesn't take into account those who have stopped actively seeking a job or cycled out, among reasons.

The largest over-the-year job gain was in the professional and business services sector, which gained 16,100 jobs, for a growth rate of 2.3 percent. But the industry has declined by 1,700 positions from a year earlier.

South Carolina's unemployment rate was unchanged in February, holding steady even as the state's job gains appeared to hit a speed bump.

The number of unemployed Arkansans in February fell below 50,000 for the first time since 1976, when the bureau began reporting unemployment statistics monthly.

Unemployment numbers for February in Kern County have just been released. The rate is below the year-ago estimate of 9.6 percent.

Bamberg County had the state's third-highest jobless rate at 8 percent in February, down from 8.4 percent in January.

Unlike the unemployment rate - which tracks a segment of workers within the labor force - the labor participation rate tracks the size of the workforce itself (as a percentage of the state's working-age population).

The report says Nebraska nonfarm employment remained above 1 million last month.

From February 2016 to February 2017, the total job base only grew by 2,100 - such a small percentage that it could be indistinguishable from zero.

The high unemployment rate among African-Americans, compared to 4.1 percent in February among Whites, was down from 4.3 percent in January. In addition to anemic labor participation, the Palmetto State has struggled with low-paying jobs, low incomes and weak economic growth during Haley's tenure.

Chester County's rate fell to 6.5 percent from 6.8 percent in January.

Unemployment by gender: The unemployment rate for men was 4.3 percent, down from 4.5 percent in February 2016.

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