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The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 5.8 percent in April, was
up from March's rate of 5.7 percent and was below the 7.1 percent recorded a
year ago. April’s rate
represented 125,218 unemployed persons, compared to 123,023 in March and 151,827 in
April of 2014.
The comparable national rate for April, at 5.4 percent, was down from March's rate of 5.5 percent
and was below the year-ago rate of 6.2 percent.
Wage and salary employment, totaling 1,950,200 in April, rose 12,700 over the
month. Monthly gains were seen in leisure and hospitality (+4,700); education
and health services (+1,900); government (+1,500); construction (+1,300); trade,
transportation, and utilities (+1,300); professional and business
services (+1,100); information (+600); manufacturing (+400); and other
services (+400). Monthly losses were seen in financial activities (-500). Mining
and logging was unchanged.
Over the past twelve months, total nonagricultural wage and salary employment
increased 27,800. The annual gains were due to increases in leisure and
hospitality (+6,600); professional and business services (+5,300); education and
health services (+5,300); trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,700);
construction (+2,500); government (+1,800); manufacturing (+1,500); information
(+1,000); and other services (+900). Annual declines were recorded in mining and
logging (-800). Financial activities was unchanged.