South Carolina's unemployment rate 4 percent in November

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

The Labor Department's report on state unemployment released Friday showed rates fell in 19 other states, a positive sign for USA economic growth.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that the state's preliminary, seasonally adjusted November rate set a record at 3.5 percent, which is down from October's 3.6 percent.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby County at 2.6 percent, Marshall and Cullman Counties at 3.0 percent and Madison, Lee, and Elmore Counties at 3.1 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 previous year. Rates also dropped to record lows in California, Hawaii, Mississippi and Texas in November.

The information sector lost 1,600 jobs over the month; other services shed 800 positions. Construction and leisure and hospitality followed, adding 8,200 and 8,000 jobs respectively. Texas had the most growth with 330,600 jobs. These states also led in monthly job gains. California was second in job additions with 288,300. It was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota. "Jobs are created when companies put capital at risk, and our unemployment rate figures reflect that our policies are attracting companies to Tennessee".

The Amarillo and Midland area came in with the state's lowest non seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 2.6 percent, while the McAllen- Edinburg-Mission area had the highest of 5.6 percent.

  • Steve Townsend