First State unemployment drop in November may be misleading

Unemployment in Arkansas Rises to 3.7 Percent

Veterans looking for employment prospects attend the first Los Angeles International Airport Job Fair for Veterans in Los Angeles on September 14, 2016.

In the Lincoln area, there were 762 more people employed in November than in November 2016, and there were 537 fewer people unemployed.

Nationally, the unemployment rate for November was 4.1 percent.

Maryland added an estimated 5,400 jobs in November as the state economy gained steam going into the holidays, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nonfarm employment rose to 1,038,603.an increase of 1,847 from October and 8,206 from a year ago.

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The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.0 percent for November was down from 3.4 percent one year ago.

Hawaii's rate was the lowest in the nation at 2 percent.

The state jobless rate is still higher than the national rate, but labor officials say New Mexico for the 12th straight month recorded aggregate gains in the private sector that resulted in 12,600 jobs, or 2 percent growth.

Job gains were reported in sectors that include educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; financial activities; professional and business services; and other services. Information lost 200 jobs or 1.5 percent.

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