Kansas jobless rate unchanged in March

Data released Friday by the Nebraska Department of Labor showed that the unemployment rate in the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lancaster and Seward counties, was 2.6 percent in March, the same as it was in February and in March 2016.

The number of jobs in the Lincoln area remained virtually the same in March compared with a year ago, increasing by just 31.

TOPEKA-The unemployment rate in Saline County dropped slightly to 3.2 percent in March from 3.3 percent in February, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. The state also experienced job growth as well in construction and in leisure and hospitality.

Government employment in OH increased by 3,600 jobs in March. Not only that, but wages are rising as well.

Average weekly earnings in the construction sector were $975.53 in March, the highest in a decade, up $64.25 from February, and up $87.99 from March 2017.

South Carolina's unemployment rate was unchanged last month.

Fairfield County continued to have the highest unemployment rate in SC at 8 percent, after the abandonment of construction on two nuclear reactors.

IN is tied with Minnesota for the second-lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest, behind Wisconsin at 2.9 percent. The rate was unchanged McPherson County at 2.6 percent. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard at 6.9 percent, Selma at 6.4 percent and Anniston at 5.7 percent.

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