Maine Unemployment Rate 3.3 Percent in November

The First State's unemployment rate in November was 4.7%, down slightly from 4.8 % in October and continuing the decline from September when it reached its highest point for the year - 4.9%.

The unemployment rate for Washington was unchanged in November from the month prior, according to a monthly report released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department. The Golden State's economy got off to a slow start this year, but has been picking up steam in the second half.

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- Roughly 1.9 million people are collecting unemployment benefits, about 43,000 more than the previous week.

The November jobless rate in 2.5% in Omaha and Grand Island, up half a point from October and 4-10ths of a point lower than previous year for both.

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Nebraska's employment numbers hit an all-time high in November, with 984,197 employed, up more than 5,600 from a year ago. A year ago, it was 6.7 percent.

"Maryland's continued job growth, particularly in the private sector, shows that the work Governor Hogan and the entire administration is doing to attract businesses and help them expand is paying off", said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill in a statement. The private sector gained 2,500 jobs, with the largest gains in the healthcare and social assistance; professional and business services; and transportation and warehousing sectors. Information lost 200 jobs or 1.5 percent.

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