November unemployment rate stays low

However, the number of Vermonters employed with firms or self-employed has held steady throughout the year, the think tank said.

South Carolina's employment level in November surpassed 2.2 million people for the first time in state history, as the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.7 percent in October. The largest unemployment rate increases occurred in Campbell (up from 4.0% to 5.9%), Weston (up from 3.0% to 4.5%), Converse (up from 3.7% to 5.1%), and Natrona (up from 5.2% to 6.0%) counties.

The biggest job increases were in professional and business services, which reported an added 100 jobs.

Non-farm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics program. Local government on the whole gained 70 jobs, with 50 new tribal jobs and 40 other local government jobs.

The month of November has yielded positive job growth in Chambers County. "Although we are a winter vacation destination, the summer tourism season accounts for significantly more jobs in Central Oregon". Retail outlets like department stores added 300 jobs for the month to brace for holiday shopping.

Hendry County continued to have the state's highest unemployment rate at 9.1 percent, followed by Sumter County at 7.0 percent, and Citrus and Highlands counties at 6.8 percent. Over the year, manufacturing employment rose by 300. The rate remains down significantly from previous year when it was 8.1 percent.

In Show Low during the same period, the decline in unemployment was even greater, going from 7.3 percent in January to 5.7 in November. It was higher than the 3.2 rate from October and 3.9 in November 2015.

The unemployment rate for Chippewa County rose in November, but is much lower than the rate in November 2015.

In Valparaiso the unemployment rate in November was stable at 4.6 percent, the same as in October (4.8 percent in November 2015).

A sector that did not fare so well is food processing, which lost 300 jobs in November, according to the summary. But statewide jobs are up 70,700, or 2 percent, on the year. This segment has decreased by 1,000 positions from a year ago.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector dropped 1,500 jobs in November from a month before. Job growth was largely driven by gains in construction and the public sector. That's down from about 39,000 jobs in October and unchanged from November 2015. The number of county residents who were employed last month stayed the same at 13,700 people, while the number of residents unemployed was also the same at 500 people.

The November decline in unemployment was driven by two main factors.

The unemployment rate is based on a survey of 3,100 households in the state. It includes jobs in agriculture and those classified as self-employed. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends.

Unemployment increased in another 15 counties, while seven counties had the same unemployment rate in November as they did in October.