State jobless rate remains stuck at 4.5 percent in January

Unemployment in Albania drops

National data shows Florida remains among top states in job growth over the previous year.

"With the unemployment rate remaining steady through the winter months, Iowa has weathered the cold with minimal seasonal layoffs", said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. Both have stayed in place since then.

Florida's jobless rate in January was unchanged from the end of 2017, according to numbers posted Monday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

More people are working in Illinois according to new data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

In employment reports, the "labor force" number includes people who have jobs as well as unemployed people who are actively looking for work.

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Counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state were Citrus at 6 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December. Niobrara County had the lowest unemployment rate with 2.3 percent, and Teton County was next with 2.5 percent.

A total of 85,879 individuals had gained a job since January 2017, while another 20,263 dropped out of the job market, for an overall increase to the labor force of 65,616. Growth was mostly centered in state and local government.

Employment in educational and health services increased by 3,000. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created almost 1.5 million jobs, which includes more than 144,000 in the past year.

Trade, transportation and utilities declined by 2,600, with retail trade suffering a 2,300 hit, due in part to recent layoffs and closures in the sector. The agency reported that the US economy added 313,000 jobs in February, marking the country's 89th consecutive month of job growth. Federal labor figures do reflect those distinctions, summing them up under what the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls the alternative measure of labor underutilization.

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