Wisconsin sees both job growth and unemployment rate increase in September


Preliminary labor statistics released Friday show that the Norfolk area, made up of Madison, Pierce and Stanton Counties, saw its unemployment rate drop to 2.2%, the lowest mark the Norfolk area has hit since it fell to 2.1% back in November of 2014.

That's the third lowest in the state, behind Boulder and Fort Collins' 1.9 percent, according to the survey of households.

The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate for ME was up 3,400 jobs from a year earlier to 621,200 jobs in September, the department said.

The state has added 27,100 private sector jobs during the first nine months of the year. The farming industry lost 800 jobs last month, however.

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Maine's unemployment rate remains low and was largely unchanged from August to September. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 18,700 over the month to 3,010,600, according to a news release from the department, and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 14,800 to 2,934,100.

Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 8,600 with the addition of 2,700 government jobs, primarily at the state and local level. The largest job gains continued to be in health care, construction and hospitality. Emporia's jobless rate is 3.4 percent.

Nebraska's unemployment rate of 2.8 percent in September was the same as in August, but it was down considerably from September 2016, when the rate was 3.3 percent.