Massachusetts Jobless Rate Dips in October

Massachusetts Jobless Rate Dips in October

The statewide jobless rate also saw a slight increase in October to 2.7 percent.

The state unemployment rate decreased from 5.3 percent in September and was slightly higher than the 5 percent rate of October 2016. Chase County has the lowest rate at 2 percent while Coffey County has the highest at 4.2 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by eight-tenths of a percentage point.

She says apprenticeships have helped millions of people develop skills needed for good jobs. But the agency says nonfarm employment has fallen for three consecutive months by a total of 3,900 jobs, to 495,800 in October. Only Hawaii, at 2.2 percent, and North Dakota, at 2.5 percent, had lower rates.

State and local unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in almost two decades. New Hampshire had the lowest unemployment rate in New England at 2.7 percent, followed by 2.9 percent in Vermont, then ME, followed by 3.7 percent in MA, 4.2 percent in Rhode Island and 4.5 percent in CT. The September estimate was revised to a gain of 10,300 jobs. Employment and unemployment were both down, as well.