Nebraska unemployment for October lowest since 1999

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Maine's unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 3.5 percent.

Idaho's unemployment rate increased a tenth of a percent to 2.9 percent in October.

October's state rate was down 0.1 percentage points from September; it also was down from the 3.3 percent reported last October.

The last time Hawaii County's rate was 2.3 percent was in December 2006, before the start of the Great Recession.

State and local unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in almost two decades.

However, the number of unemployed in OH has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months, from 285,000 in October 2016, when the state's unemployment rate was 5%.

The figures are seasonally adjusted.

It is the 25th consecutive month the state's jobless rate has been at or below 4.0 percent, according to a release from the Maine Department of Labor. Private sector jobs decreased by 1,700 from the previous month. In addition to Nebraska, 10 other states saw their unemployment rates drop during the month. The Omaha metro area's rate of 2.4 percent also was the lowest in almost 20 years.

Professional and business services had shown the most growth this year, adding more than 4,000 jobs. Government employment declined by 500 jobs, the DLIR said.