Unemployment rate lowest since 2000

Richmond's record-low unemployment mirrors state trend

Davidson and Williamson counties tied for having the lowest unemployment in the state with rates of 2.5 percent, a slight increase of 0.3 percentage points compared to October. The next month, November 2000, was the last time a 3.9 percent unemployment rate was reported, when the civilian labor force was 30,600 and 29,400 people were employed.

The local jobless rate remained virtually unchanged, up to 3.4 percent in November from 3.3 percent the previous two months, according to date released this week by the Texas Workforce Commission.

In Thurston County, the unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in October to 4.4 percent in November.

Jefferson County's smaller population compared to other counties and the abundance of seasonal leisure and hospitality employers closing their doors for months has typically kept the county high on the list for unemployment among major labor areas, Mrs. Mayforth said. The amount of people employed and unemployed have not changed since October, so the labor force remains at 18,900.

The unemployment rate increased in all 55 counties last month.

Government services is the county's largest employment sector, Mrs. Mayforth said, which has decreased for several years until recently. The rate is down from November 2016's rate of 8.2 percent.

Shaul said hes optimistic about the employment picture for Kootenai County heading into 2018.

Orange: 4.0 percent, up from 3.8 percent.

The sectors of Farming and Manufacturing both posted significant job declines for the month, but the loss was offset by gains in other sectors, primarily in retail positions, according to the EDD report.

The private-sector over-the-year industry losses were in information (down 100), including print publishing and software publishing, and professional and business services (down 300).

In November, 7,390 Morgan County residents had jobs, down from 7,480 in October, and 280 residents did not have jobs, up from 260. The number of claimants dropped 19 percent from a weekly average of 5,400 a year ago to 4,400.

The Boise MSA showed the strongest over-the-year percentage increase in nonfarm jobs, up 2.9 percent, followed by Pocatello, 2.2 percent; Idaho Falls and Lewiston, 1.7 percent; and Coeur dAlene, up 1 percent.

Madison had the second lowest unemployment rate at 2 percent in November, down from 2.2 percent in October and down from 2.7 percent in November of 2016.