In March 2017, the rate was 4.4 percent.
The preliminary unemployment rate for March is the lowest since 1976, when current record-keeping began.
The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.
The unemployment rate compared favorably to the 5.7 percent posted in March 2017. The count has nothing to do with eligibility for unemployment insurance.
But these gains were offset by net drops in transportation/warehousing/utilities (down 3,100 jobs) and retail trade (down 2,500).
Jan Roeser, a regional economist with the Idaho Department of Labor, said this is good news, but there are some catches.
Even so, the state’s unemployment rate was up slightly in March, rising to 3.8 percent from its historic low of 3.7 in February.
Massachusetts’ labor force increased by 14,200 from 3,669,500 in February. There were 45,960 people employed, 743 more than February. Idaho’s labor force participation rate held steady at 64 percent for the third consecutive month.
The biggest dip came in Sussex County were the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell from 5.0 to 4.5 percent.
Professional and business services added 200 new workers. Professional services, professional services and government jobs posted losses in the month. “Employment increased by 2,800 over the year, because of growth in the identical industries”, the department said.
“During 2017, OH gained only 32,200 jobs, the weakest annual year for job growth in OH since the end of the Great Recession”, he said. She said OH gained 44,900 jobs between December 2017 and March.
Education, manufacturing and construction have added jobs over the past year. The sector, which includes other service jobs, was the other category losing jobs. Leisure and hospitality added the second highest number of jobs (32,300) followed by construction (31,600). “Congratulations to every business who has chosen Florida as the best place to create jobs”. Over the year, Government lost 2,100 (-0.5%) jobs.