Alameda County unemployment rate now at 3.8%

The N.C. Department of Commerce reported Tuesday that the state's unemployment rate for December, after seasonal adjustments, inched upward one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.1 percent.

The state's jobless rate also is above the national rate, which was 4.7 percent in December.

Initial estimates show the state economy adding 48,800 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis past year, which translates into a growth rate of 1.9 percent. They lost 300 jobs over the same time period, with the total at 18,700 last month and 19,000 in December 2015, according to the DOL.

The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.5 percent. The number of people receiving benefits rose to 3,200 in December 2016 and from 3,100 in December 2015.

The labor department says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent was a dip from 4 percent in November.

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Unemployment rate in Colorado was down five-tenths of a percentage point from 3.5 percent from 2015 to 2016.

The two sectors showing the largest job gains in December over November were professional and business services and trade, transportation and utilities, while the largest declines came in leisure and hospitality and education and health services.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 48,800 with an increase of 43,100 in the private sector and an increase of 5,700 in government. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 93,800, total employment increased 104,700 and the number of unemployed decreased 10,900.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.5 percent for December was down from 3.9 percent one year ago.

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