The Office of Labor and Workforce Development in MA said that preliminary estimates show the state added about 9,300 jobs in September while the overall jobless rate dropped to 3.9 percent from 4.2 percent the previous month.
Overall in September, Weld added 900 total nonfarm jobs, which is an over-the-year employment change of 3,600, bringing total nonfarm jobs to 103,600.
That means 12,344 people out of an area workforce of 310,889 were without a job. Annual gains since 2016 were up across the board, including 7,300 jobs added in trade, transportation and utilities. The mining and logging sector, which houses the oil and gas industry, added 100 jobs, marking a 1,500 over-the-year change in Weld.
The state gained 5,900 private sector jobs between August and September.
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The Norfolk area unemployment rate is dropping, but it's not because more people are getting hired. The biggest job losses were in the private service-providing sector, which lost 700 jobs over the month, but still is 1,300 more than previous year. It is based on a monthly survey of 985 houses.
Wisconsin's unemployment rate ticked up in September, increasing from 3.4 percent to 3.5 percent.
The September unemployment rates for Vermont's 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.3 percent in White River Junction to 4.3 percent in Bennington and Derby (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally-adjusted).