Yesterday, the Employment Security Department released April job numbers as well as the unemployment rate. The news is very positive as our state has continued to see an upward trend with hiring as well as a downward movement of the unemployment rate as it dropped to 6.1% for April. Recall in March that our state had an unemployment rate of 6.3%.
It is projected employers in our state added about 7,700 new jobs last month. March’s numbers were also adjusted up from 6,700 to 8,300. Since January, companies in our state have added an average of 6,900 jobs every month and during the prior 12 months ending in April, it is projected that our state added approximately 77,600 jobs.
Specific occupational areas that saw job increases included professional and business services; construction; leisure and hospitality; transportation, warehousing, and utilities; private education and health services; wholesale trade; information; and other services. April marks the second consecutive month where the largest number of jobs came from the occupations in professional and business services. This occupation specifically includes technical, professional, scientific, administrative, and support services. Occupations with job decreases included financial services, government, and manufacturing. Mining and logging saw neither an increase nor decrease. A more detailed review of the state’s monthly employment report can be found here.
In comparing our state with the rest of the United States, the national unemployment rate has played quite the game of catch-up according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics news release on the employment situation for April. Numbers showed that April’s national unemployment rate was just 6.3%, which was a decrease from the 6.7% number that was reported for March, putting the difference between our state’s number and the national number at 0.2%. If the national number continues its momentum, it could surpass our own state’s unemployment rate in the next coming months.