November 27, 2017 — Unemployment rates were lower in October in 12 states, higher in 1 state, and stable in 37 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Friday. Twenty-three states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 2 states and the District had increases, and 25 states had little or no change. The national unemployment rate edged down to 4.1 percent in October and was 0.7 percentage point lower than a year earlier.
Freeport had an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in October, down from 5 percent in September and down from 6.1 percent in October of 2016.
Freeport City Unemployment Rate – Data extracted Nov 27, 2017
Freeport Unemployment – Data extracted Nov 27, 2017
Stephenson County, had an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in October, down from 4.2 percent and down from 5.4 percent in October of 2016.
Freeport Employment – Data extracted Nov 27, 2017
Freeport Labor Force – Data extracted Nov 27, 2017
Winnebago County’s jobless rate stayed the same at 5.1 percent in October and September, down from 6.3 percent in October of 2016.
Ogle County had an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in October, up from 4.1 percent in September, but down from 5.4 percent in October of 2016.
Rockford Unemployment – Data extracted Nov 27, 2017
Rockford City Unemployment Rate – Data extracted Nov 27, 2017
Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 9 states in October 2017, decreased in 3 states, and was essentially unchanged in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year, 27 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 23 states and the District were essentially unchanged.
Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in October, 2.2 percent, followed by North Dakota, 2.5 percent. The rates in Alabama (3.6 percent), Hawaii (2.2 percent), and Texas (3.9 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 7.2 percent. In total, 14 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rates higher than the U.S. figure of 4.1 percent, 13 states had lower rates, and 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 1.)
In October, 12 states had unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which was in Minnesota (-0.4 percentage point). The only over-the-month rate increase occurred in North Dakota (+0.1 percentage point). The remaining 37 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that were not notably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes. (See table B.)
Twenty-three states had unemployment rate decreases from October 2016. The largest declines occurred in Alabama and Tennessee (-2.5 percentage points and -2.0 points, respectively). The only over-the-year rate increases were in the District of Columbia (+0.8 percentage point) and Alaska and South Dakota (+0.6 point each). (See table C.)
Nonfarm Payroll Employment
Nine states had over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll employment in October 2017. The largest increase in employment over the month occurred in Florida (+125,300), followed by Texas (+71,500) and California (+31,700). In percentage terms, the largest increase occurred in Florida (+1.5 percent), followed by Oregon and Texas (+0.6 percent each). Three states had over-the-month decreases in nonfarm payroll employment in October: Connecticut (-6,600, or -0.4 percent), Nebraska (-6,600, or -0.6 percent), and South Dakota (-2,400, or -0.5 percent). (See tables D and 3.)
Twenty-seven states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in October. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+316,100), California (+256,800), and Florida (+197,500). The largest percentage gain occurred in Nevada (+2.8 percent), followed by Utah (+2.7 percent) and Texas (+2.6 percent). (See table E.)
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for October is scheduled to be released on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The State Employment and Unemployment news release for November is scheduled to be released on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).