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Australia - April unemployment rate remains steady, part-time employment fuels job creation

20 May 2017

A separate survey of state residents suggested employment increased by 17,100 in April to nearly 3.05 million.

The state Department of Labor says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 3 percent, the same as March.

It's the third month in a row that the state and First Coast area saw unemployment rates drop. April's rate represents 119,256 unemployed persons, compared to 128,610 in March and 126,490 in April 2016.

The Current Population (CPS), or the household survey, is conducted by the Census Bureau and identifies members of the work force and measures how many people are working or looking for work.

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SC saw job gains in several sectors: leisure and hospitality (+2,000); government (+900); construction (+700); financial activities (+500); and trade, transportation, and utilities (+400).

California's unemployment rate fell to a near-record low of 4.8 percent last month, but experts cautioned that the Golden State's economy might be slowing down.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The increase in US transportation sector hiring follows revised gains of 6,600 jobs in March and 7,600 positions in February and a 10,200-job loss in January. He said when the recession hit several years ago, there were about six to seven job seekers per job opening.

"Southwest Florida, along with the rest of the state, continues to add jobs", Scott said in a statement.

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The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 12,100 over the month to 2,945,300 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 19,500 to 2,876,900. The minutes of its May policy meeting showed that board members had an in-depth discussion about employment, including the increasing share of part-time work.

Year-over-year, Washington has added an estimated 76,500 new jobs.

The professional and business services sector sustained the most losses, with a decline of 3,000 positions. The private sector has grown by 2.3 percent or 61,700 jobs, and the public sector has increased by 2.6 percent, adding 14,800 jobs. Since 1990, the long-run average of unemployment rates is 2 percentage points higher in rural areas (8.4 percent, as opposed to 6.4 percent).

In a year-over-year comparison (April 2016 to April 2017), nonfarm payroll employment in California increased by 236,700 jobs (a 1.4 percent increase).

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