Louisiana adds 1100 jobs over 12-month period through January

January unemployment rate sets new record low nearly 40,000 fewer unemployed			 0					By		Elizabeth Lauten

Data released by the state Commerce Department on Monday show North Carolina's jobless rate only matched the national average in August, when both were at 4.4 percent. "The state's employers are looking to hire the 51,000 job seekers".

Indiana's unemployment rate stands at 3.3 percent for December and remains lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp.

Employment in Maryland mirrored the national trend, with the US unemployment rate in January unchanged from the previous month at 4.1 percent.

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The District's rate in January was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in December, and down from 6.0 percent in January 2017.

The number of jobs in Maryland increased to 2.73 million, with growth in construction, transportation and utilities, professional and business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those gains were offset, however, by losses in other sectors, including the wholesale trade industry, which shed about 1,500 jobs, while employment in retail trade dropped by about 500. Jobless rates were stable in 44 states, while unemployment fell in six states and Washington D.C.in January. The size of the local labor force also declined in January, but there were 231 more people counted as unemployed than there were in January. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the USA rate for more than four years.

Kansas will report state February employment numbers March 23.

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