Unemployment rates drop in region

County's unemployment rate stays same in November

The Alabama Department of Labor has released its latest unemployment estimates for the month of November.

Chambers County was one of the Alabama Counties to see an increase in unemployment figures in the month of November.

Indianapolis, In. - Unemployment figures In IN dropped two-tenths to 3.7 percent for November, still lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

Eight of the 10 lowest county unemployment rates in November were in Middle Tennessee, with Knox and Sevier counties in East Tennessee rounding out the list of the top ten lowest rates in the state. The San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA registered a rate of 3.0 percent for November.

The Texas Workforce Commission reports the county posted 3.6 percent unemployed for the month after 3.5 in October.

"The addition of 330,600 jobs over the year demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce", said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar.

The number of those on the job actually increased by 201 from October, but that was offset by the increase in the number unemployed, which rose from 1,223 to 1,277. Only information, wholesale trade and other services showed a slight drop since November 2016.

The Department of Labor reports in Chambers County there were a total of 533 individuals in the county without work in November, but actively seeking employment.

Total payroll employment fell by 230 jobs in November. Private sector employment was up 900 jobs: Construction rose by 100 jobs. The lowest unemployment rate was reported in the Birmingham suburb of Shelby County which saw its rate remain the same from October at 2.6%. Manufacturing jobs were up by 1,400, which The Advocate said reflects the rapid growth in exports of liquefied natural gas from the Lake Charles area.

With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the US rate for more than four full years. Job losses continue to be concentrated in government (-120 jobs).

These preliminary estimates of jobs and other labor force data are produced in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, are based largely on a survey of businesses and a survey of households, and are subject to later revision.

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