More jobs created in China, jobless rate falls

Erica Roy
April 26, 2017

The U.S. unemployment rate for March 2017 was 4.5 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than in February 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in March 2016.

March unemployment rates dropped in all nine area counties, declining an average of 0.6 percentage points.

The March rate was 9.3 percent in Pend Oreille County and 9.4 percent in Stevens County. A total of 173,391 Lane County residents were employed in March, up from 168,875 in March 2016.

Vigo County ranks 16th highest in the state with a 4.6 percent March 2017 unemployment rate. No county had an unemployment rates in March higher than Monroe County's.

Statewide, the unemployment numbers fell from 5.9% to 5.3% in March.

Across the river in OH, unemployment in both Meigs and Gallia counties was on the decline again, according to the latest statistics for March.

The region's unemployment rates have improved for the second straight month, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in March, down 0.2 percent from February and down 0.5 percent from previous year at this time. This placed Gallia 20th out of 88 counties, in terms of unemployment. That included a decrease of 800 private sector jobs and an increase of 100 government jobs. Employment in information was unchanged. For March 2017, it stood at 4.9 percent.

Education and health services added 700 jobs and so far have gained jobs for four-consecutive months. The national percentage was 4.5 in March. Roane County was next at 10.1 percent and Clay County was at 9.8 percent.

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