Unemployment rate update

The Labor Department said employers in nine states added a significant number of jobs and unemployment in Four states fell to record lows.

The largest percentage of job gains were in Alaska, Alabama, and Louisiana.  Washington DC recorded the largest increase, ahead of all states.  Florida added nearly 30,000 jobs, New York added 28,000 and North Carolina saw the addition of 19,000 jobs.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate now stands at a 16 year low of 4.3%.

According to the National Conference of State Legislation website, Pennsylvania comes in tied for 7th highest rate of unemployment in May of 2017 at 5.0%.  


The highest unemployment rate was Puerto Rico at 11.5%, then Alaska at 6.7%, New Mexico at 6.6%, DC at 6%, Louisiana at 5.7%, Arizona at 5.1%, then Pennsylvania, tied with Kentucky, at 5.0%.

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