NM's unemployment rate highest in the nation

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Statewide, from December 2016 to January 2017 the private sector gained 28,500 jobs, bringing the number of jobs to a record high of 8.04 million.

The last time Hawaiʻi's unemployment rate was 2.8% was in July 2007.

For comparison, the January unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 3.5 percent which reflects an increase of seven-tenths of one percentage point from the revised unadjusted December level and a decrease of five-tenths of one percentage point from a year ago.

"I'm sorry for these employees that they will be laid off as a result of the consolidation, but the Department of Labor is very much committed to working with all of the folks who are affected to help find employment for them", Kurrle said.

He said the good news in the latest report is that the state continues to surpass employment numbers each month. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,200 and government increased 3,700.

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All of that increase came from two metropolitan areas in the state, Deck said. The leisure and hospitality sector and the professional and business services sector lost 3,400 jobs combined. Manufacturing added 2,100 jobs. So rural areas in the state lost a total of nearly 2,000 jobs, Deck said. There were 3,300 people receiving benefits in January 2017 and 3,400 the same month a year ago.

Lindsay Kurrle said she already knew about the job losses "confidentially" before Merchants Bank provided official notice, so her department was able to organize "rapid response" sessions on February 24-25 that were attended by 52 employees who will be losing their jobs.

Jobs in educational and health services increased by 6,500, mostly in health care and social assistance. The largest decline was posted in government, down 1,600.

That is despite home construction and a big push for infrastructure improvements, Deck said.

Indiana's unemployment rate remained at 4.0 percent in January, which marks its lowest point since 2001.

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