Most of Colorado's metropolitan statistical areas had their unemployment rates unchanged from August to September. The year-to-year numbers were not quite as strong, as the Labor Force lost ground as the other data points improved. Unemployment claims have been historically low since mid-summer. And a tight housing market has led to a high cost-to-income ratio, relative to almost every other state (Vermont 40th; Hawaii 50th; OH 1st, USNews.com).
The unemployment rate is generated from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics or place of residence survey.
That puts the county at 8.1 percent unemployment, down from 9.4 percent in August. The seasonally adjusted rate factors influences such as weather, holidays and the opening and closing of schools.
The state says the number of jobs in Rhode Island overall is up 3,800 since the start of the year and up 4,500 from a year ago.
But Norfolk's labor force, the measurement of those who are able to work and are either employed or seeking jobs, fell to 25,820. The number of employed increased by 650 and the number of unemployed decreased by 300.
In Kansas, the jobless rate in September was down to 3.4 percent from 4.1 percent in August and September 2016, the report said.
Among neighboring states, IN has the lowest unemployment rate, followed by MI at 4.3 percent and IL at 5.0 percent.