WASHINGTON – Unemployment fell to record lows in four states last month after months of constant employment in the country.
The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 17 states in March and were largely unchanged in 33. Employers added a significant number of jobs in only three states last month and cut them in four. The employment is largely unchanged in the other 43 states. Hiring of country was weak in March, but strong in the previous two months.
Arkansas, Colorado, Maine and Oregon reported the lowest unemployment rate since 1976. Colorado’s rate, at 2.6 percent, was the nation’s lowest.
The unemployment rate in these countries decreased because there are more residents find work. In some cases, the rate falls as those out of work, stop looking and are no longer counted as unemployed.