The state Employment Development Department said Friday that non-farm payroll employment statewide totaled 16,830,500 in September.
The state as a whole had more than 4,400 people employed in September compared with a year ago and more than 5,200 fewer people counted as unemployed. Annual gains since 2016 were up across the board, including 7,300 jobs added in trade, transportation and utilities.
Information was down by 1,700 jobs, leisure and hospitality lost 1,700 and construction declined by 400. The sector saw a drop of 23,300 in its non-adjusted figure.
Three industry sectors reported job declines month-to-month, down a total of 4,900 jobs. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent.
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The report said South Carolina's workforce increased by over 5,200 people in September with a growth of more than 26,500 jobs from September 2016. The changes to the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate were statistically significant in the seasonally-adjusted series.
The household survey showed employment was essentially unchanged while the number of people classified as unemployed increased 3,000. It was the third straight month the rate has increased for the state after it plummeted in the first half of the year. At 24 consecutive months, ME is experiencing the second-longest sustained period in over 40 years with an unemployment rate of 4 percent or lower, it said.
That national rate for the same period was 9.2 percent and Wisconsin ranks in the middle-of-the-pack in the 12-state Midwest region.