Massachusetts adds jobs in April, but unemployment rises

Jobs growth likely to remain under pressure with consumer showing a reluctance to spend up big

The U.S. unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in March 2017, and 0.6 percentage points lower than in April 2016. New England's unemployment rate was 3.9 percent for April. The next lowest is almost a full percentage point lower than New Mexico's-Louisiana at 5.8 percent (Washington D.C. had an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent).

It's the third month in a row that the state and First Coast area saw unemployment rates drop.

Unemployment rates were lower than the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (2.5 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.0 percent), and Bangor (3.3 percent). "This continues to indicate that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and many are finding work".

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in professional, scientific and business services; construction; financial activities; education and health services.

Indiana's labor force increased by 4,805 over the previous month with a 16,408 increase in employment and an 11,603 decrease in unemployment.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The information sector, which includes technology and media, lost jobs, as did the finance and insurance industry.

Concerns many Australians are not getting as much work as they would like have taken the shine off figures showing a drop in the jobless rate.

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Payroll Survey Estimates - The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 621,900 for April was up 3,900 from one year ago.

"Since early 2010, we've had 85 months of employment expansion".

Over the past two years, New Mexico has consistently been among the states with the highest unemployment rate. Florida businesses also created 15,000 private-sector jobs in April, bringing the total number of new jobs added since December 2010 to 1,355,700.

Seven industry sectors reported job declines over the month, down a total of 37,900 jobs.

Despite the weakness in April, the labor market is showing more signs of life with 101,000 full-time jobs added so far this year. Construction and mining and logging were unchanged.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector decreased by 1,300 jobs from March to April of this year.

Putnam County's 4.9 percent rate is the highest in the area and eighth highest in the state.

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