25 December, 2017
In total, 17 states have unemployment rates below this national average of 4.1 percent. The Beaumont-Port Arthur area had the state's highest jobless rate during November at 6.5 percent.
The Labor Department's report on state unemployment released Friday showed rates fell in 19 other states, a positive sign for us economic growth.
While the November statewide rate slightly increased 0.1 percent from the previous month, unemployment in Tennessee remains historically low.
Nebraska's unemployment rate stands at 2.7 percent, while nationwide the unemployment rate hit 4.1 percent.
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The figures come seven years after a severe recession and show that conservative states like Alabama and MS, as well as more liberal Washington and California, are sharing the improvements. Construction and leisure and hospitality followed, adding 8,200 and 8,000 jobs respectively.
California, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Texas also saw record lows for unemployment in November. Two industry sectors reported job declines over the month, down a total of 8,200 jobs. California was second with 288,300.
On Maui, the unemployment rate was at 2% on Maui Island, up slightly from the 1.9% rate in October and down from the 3% reported at the same time a year ago. Annual employment growth for Texas increased to 2.7 percent in November, marking 91 consecutive months of annual growth.
Friday's figures show that 23 states had jobless rate decreases from the same period in 2016.