Virginia unemployment rate unchanged at 2.9 percent

Daniel Fowler
April 22, 2019

Sectors that saw a decline in employment were financial services with 1,200 jobs lost; construction and manufacturing with 500 jobs lost each; and miscellaneous services with 300 jobs lost. The Inland Empire's unemployment rate was 4.5% last month, up from 4.3% a year earlier.

In Orange County - where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available - the March jobless rate was 3.2% percent, up from 3% percent in February. Educational and health services reported the largest increase with 2,200 jobs. This was up from 3.4 percent in February and up from 3.4 percent in March 2018. Public sector employment was lower by 800 jobs for the month, with all of the contraction occurring at the local government level. The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 40,500 in March from 40,000 in February.

February's seasonally adjusted job loss was reduced through revisions by 1,000 jobs to 7,800 jobs lost. Ohio's rate was 4.4 percent during the month. The strongest growth was in health care and social assistance (up 15,800 positions), and professional and business services (up 14,600).

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"The next few months will be more telling as to the extent of the effect on the state's unemployment rate". The retail sector posted the most net losses, dropping by 3,000 jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the state added 4,400 private sector jobs in March and the employment rate ticked up by.1% to 4.1%.

Nationwide, unemployment held steady at 3.8%.

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