WASHINGTON – Permanent recruitment nationally led unemployment to hit record lows in three states over the past month.
The unemployment rate decreased in 10 states in April, increased in one — Massachusetts — and held relatively stable in the other 39, the Department of Labor said Friday. A significant number of job gains occurred in nine member states, led by Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Indiana is the only state to experience a significant decrease in employment in the last month.
Arkansas, Colorado and Oregon reported the lowest unemployment rate since 1976. Colorado’s rate, at 2.3 percent, was the nation’s lowest.
Those member states the unemployment rate decreased because there will be more residents find work. In some cases, the rate falls as those out of work, stop looking and are no longer counted as unemployed.
All told, 19 states had unemployment lower than the national average of 4.4 percent. Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and South Dakota all had unemployment under 3 percent. The highest unemployment rate was New Mexico at 6.7 percent, while Alaska was the second highest of 6.6%.
Nevada, Hawaii, and North Dakota enjoyed the greater percentage of job gains from the previous month, while Indiana experienced a loss of 11,300 jobs, or a decline of 0.4 percent.
Across the country, employers added 211,000 jobs in March. The hiring of an average of 174,000 jobs in the past three months, as of last year is the pace. The unemployment rate has tumbled to 4.4 percent, from 4.8 percent in January.