Alabama jobless rate rises to 6.4 percent

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The Maine Department of Labor released January's rate of 3.5 percent on Monday, down from 3.8 percent in December and one year ago, the lowest rate since March 2001.

In Decatur, the unemployment rate in January was 6 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December and the same as in January 2016.

"While Indiana's unemployment rate is a positive indicator for the state's workforce, it also represents a significant challenge for Hoosier employers in identifying and hiring qualified employees", Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven Braun said.

Employers added almost 8,000 jobs previous year, a 2.9 percent growth rate from 2015, but that is still down from more than 8,500 jobs added and a 3.3 percent growth rate in 2015.

The report shows that Arkansas' civilian labor force declined 1,275, a result of 2,098 fewer unemployed and 823 additional employed Arkansans.

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Hawaii had the second-lowest rate in the US, with 2.8 percent, followed by Colorado and South Dakota, at 2.9 percent each.

Sectors experiencing the largest gains include construction, which added 6,100 jobs, and financial activities, which added 1,300.

The revised statistics replace estimates generated from monthly surveys of a small group of employers with data from unemployment insurance reports most employers are required to file quarterly.

Unemployment rates across the state in January remained unchanged or increased slightly. "When you have an increase in the labor force, and all of those people aren't able to find work, you will see up an uptick in the rate", Washington said in a statement.

Jobs in manufacturing increased by 2,100. Still, overall employment rose by about 6,400 to 2.05 million. Both local and state government reported losses.

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