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The Office of Labor and Workforce Development in MA said that preliminary estimates show the state added about 9,300 jobs in September while the overall jobless rate dropped to 3.9 percent from 4.2 percent the previous month.

Three industry sectors reported job declines month-to-month, down a total of 4,900 jobs. Other sectors gaining jobs were education and health services (up 2,000), government (up 1,700), other services (up 1,400), financial activities (up 700), trade, transportation and utilities (up 600) and logging and mining (up 200).

"Even a loss of 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, while very significant in a local economy like Sonoma-Napa, has limited impact in statewide numbers, which include 16.8 million payroll jobs". Matching the right workers with the right jobs across the state has been hard for several years. This reflects a decline of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised August rate (3.0 percent). It is based on a monthly survey of 985 houses.

State officials say more people are working in SC than ever before. In Weld County, the rate held steady from month to month at 2.1 percent. The September rate also remained well below the US rate, which dipped to 4.2 percent for the month.

Nationally, unemployment decreased from 4.4 percent in August to 4.2 percent in September. North Dakota has the lowest rate in the region at 5.7 percent while IL is the highest at 9.9 percent.


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