Kansas unemployment rate lowest since 2000

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate MA added 4,800 jobs in October.

Statistics show annual growth is strongest in the leisure and hospitality sector, with 7,100 jobs added. The September estimate was revised to a gain of 10,300 jobs.

The state's jobs engine is humming along, according to John Albin, the Labor Department commissioner.

The statewide figures put Nebraska in good company among states with the country's lowest unemployment rates. But not all communities and regions are feeling the benefits of this economy equally. The October rate also remained well below the US rate, which dipped slightly to 4.1 percent for the month.

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Last month's rate is well below the state's October 2016 rate of 6.1 percent. There were 19,600 more unemployed residents over the year compared to October 2016.

Statistics released Friday by the Vermont Department of Labor shows that the October rate showed no change from September and is down from 3.2 percent in October of a year ago.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for October 2017.

The private service-providing sector, at 3,863,100, lost 2,000 jobs.

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