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Massachusetts Adds 4800 Jobs in October

State, local unemployment rates hit nearly two-decade lows

The state unemployment rate dipped to 2.7% in October, a tenth of a percent lower than in September.

Unemployment in Nebraska remains well under the national unemployment rate of 4.1%.

State officials say the unemployment rate was below the state average in three largest metro areas of ME, which are Portland-South Portland, Lewiston-Auburn and Bangor.

She says apprenticeships have helped millions of people develop skills needed for good jobs.

The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 4,300 in October. In Lincoln, the rate dropped from 2.3% to 2.1%.

State and local unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in almost two decades. Only Hawaii, at 2.2 percent, and North Dakota, at 2.5 percent, had lower rates.

Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in CT.

The number of workers unemployed in OH in October was 296,000, down 9,000 from 305,000 in September, according to the state data.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also released preliminary estimates on Thursday showing the state gained 4,800 jobs in October.

Across the state, job gains were recorded in the leisure and hospitality industry (1,000), construction (800) and information (200). For the fourth consecutive month, both resident employment and unemployment declined.

On the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, unemployment fell two-tenths of a point, to 3.1 percent.