Labor Dept.: 13 states saw record low unemployment in 2017


Alabama is among a handful of states that reached record low numbers in unemployment during November.

The Texas jobless rate has improved for the seventh month in a row with November unemployment slipping to a record 3.8 percent.

The U.S. Labor Department reports that rates also fell in 19 other states, indicating a positive economic growth pattern across the United States.

Friday's figures show that 23 states had jobless rate decreases from the same period in 2016.

"Heading into the holidays, more Tennesseans have jobs this year, compared to last year", Phillips said. It joins Shelby County (2.6 percent), Marshall and Cullman counties (3 percent) and Madison and Elmore counties (3.1 percent) as the counties with the lowest unemployment rate.

Auburn-Opelika was ranked 16th in a USA Today article listing cities that added the most jobs in 2017.

During the past year, the largest absolute gains nationwide were in Texas, where the number of jobs climbed 330,600. Two industry sectors reported job declines over the month, down a total of 8,200 jobs.

The jobless rate remains lower than the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. Alaska and North Dakota shed jobs between October and November. according to the Labor Department.

The BLS statistics show that Hawaii is the state with the lowest unemployment rate, at 2 percent - followed by North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Colorado.

The county unemployment rates for November 2017 will be published on Thursday, December 28th, at 1:30pm CT.