NM unemployment dips to 5.9 percent

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Maryland's January unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, also unchanged from December, but down from 4.3 percent a year earlier. Both have stayed in place since then.

The state released preliminary, seasonally adjusted numbers Monday showing the jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percent in January from the December rate of 3.8 percent.

Self-employed people, like proprietors or independent contractors, are not accounted for in unemployment figures, however. The New England average for January was 3.7 percent.

While Friday's employment release from BLS shows a slight dropoff in the number of legal services jobs in the United States, the country's economy as a whole enjoyed strong job growth results in February.

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses created more than 10,000 private-sector jobs in January.

The state unemployment rate is tied for the fourth lowest rate in the country. Indiana's total labor force is 3.3 million. California added more than 400,000 jobs while Texas added more than 240,000.

Across Wyoming's 23 counties, the highest unemployment rates were found in Fremont County, with 6.2 percent, followed by Park and Natrona counties at 5.5 and 5.4 percent, respectively. Other industry gains this month included education, construction, accommodations and food services, and finance and insurance. Government employment fell by 0.5 percent, according to the Department of Workforce Solutions.

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