Many employers say it is hard to find people to fill their open jobs, and so are holding tightly onto their existing staffs.
The unemployment rate for Washington was unchanged in November from the month prior, according to a monthly report released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department.
November unemployment rate estimates for New England states will be available at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 22 at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/laus.pdf.
The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased by 5,600 jobs in November.
The state's unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent, below the national rate of 4.1 percent. Nationally, total nonfarm employment was up 1.4 percent from a year ago.
Delaware's unemployment rate also remains above the nation's jobless rate, which was 4.1% for November.
Hawaii's rate was the lowest in the nation at 2 percent.
The gains were entirely in the private sector; government jobs continued to decline.
Private industries with the most growth since last November were Professional and Business Services - up 3,439; Leisure and Hospitality - up 3,316; and Other Services - up 1.665.
The more stable four-week moving average of initial claims increased by 1,250 to 236,000 last week, but remained below the 300,000 level that's considered a healthy job market.