The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the ninth consecutive month. The rate fell from 8.9 percent in March to 8.8 percent in April. The not-seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll survey showed an increase of 13,500 jobs from March to April 2012.
Leisure and Hospitality employment (+7,300) showed a substantial increase for the third consecutive month. The majority of this increase was in the Food and Drinking sector. Trade, Transportation and Utilities increased by 3,400, mostly in Retail Trade activity. Professional and Business Services jobs (+1,000), Manufacturing (+300), and Construction (+500) also showed improvements for the second consecutive month. Education and Health Services increased (+1,300), mostly in Health Care and Social Assistance, while Government jobs fell by 500, primarily in local governments.
AUDIO: DEW spokesperson Adrienne Fairwell calls the latest figures encouraging (1:05)