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18 states have lower unemployment rates in year ending March 2017

April 26, 2017

Colorado had the lowest unemployment rate in March, 2.6 percent, closely followed by Hawaii, 2.7 percent, and New Hampshire, North Dakota, and South Dakota, 2.8 percent each. The rates in Arkansas (3.6 percent), Colorado (2.6 percent), Maine (3.0 percent), and Oregon (3.8 percent) set new series lows.

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April 25, 2017

A data chart image of Twenty-seven states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2017

Twenty-seven states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2017

Twenty-seven states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment for the 12 months ending March 2017. Two states lost jobs over the same 12-month period, while employment remained essentially unchanged in 21 states and the District of Columbia over the year.

April 24, 2017

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Median weekly earnings increase 4.2 percent for full-time workers over the year

Weekly earnings of the nation's 110.7 million full-time wage and salary workers were $865 (not seasonally adjusted) in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 4.2 percent from a year earlier ($830).

April 21, 2017

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Real average hourly earnings up 0.3 percent for year ending March 2017

Real average hourly earnings for all private nonfarm employees increased 0.3 percent from March 2016 to March 2017. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in no change in real average weekly earnings over the year.

April 20, 2017

A data chart image of CPI rose 2.4 percent over the 12 months ending March 2017

CPI rose 2.4 percent over the 12 months ending March 2017

From March 2016 to March 2017, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) all items index rose 2.4 percent. This was smaller than the 2.7-percent rise for the year ending February 2017. The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.0 percent over the past year, the smallest 12-month increase since November 2015. The energy index rose 10.9 percent over the year, while the food index increased 0.5 percent.

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