Texas jobless rate drops to lowest in 40 years

The island of Lānaʻi reported a 1.6% unemployment rate in November 2017, down from the 2.4% in October, and slightly down from the 1.7% reported in November of 2016. The Beaumont-Port Arthur area had the state's highest jobless rate during November at 6.5 percent.

The County of Maui as a whole had a 2.1% unemployment rate (non seasonally adjusted) for November 2017, up from the 2% rate in October 2017, and down from the 3.1% rate at the same time past year.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said in a news release Friday that the rate was up 0.1 percentage point from October's rate of 3.9 percent. Rates also dropped to record lows in California, Hawaii, Mississippi and Texas in November.

Nine of eleven major industries showed increased growth in November, including Professional and Business Services with 14,700 jobs added and Construction which added 8,200 positions.

During the past year, the largest absolute gains were in Texas, where the number of jobs climbed 330,600. Alaska and North Dakota shed jobs between October and November. California was second with 288,300.

Hawaii had the country's lowest unemployment rate in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 2 percent. Job totals have essentially been unchanged in 23 other states. It was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota. In total, 17 states have unemployment rates below this national average of 4.1 percent.

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