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Unemployment Rates in September across the US

Despite Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the latest unemployment rates have remained below the 5% mark that President Barack Obama achieved. The unemployment rates across the US have been dipping constantly with occasional minute spikes. In a recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it showed a 0.2% drop in the unemployment rates for September, bringing it to 4.2%. Despite a decline of 33,000 non-farm jobs, the total number of people unemployed has dropped by 331,000 to 6.8 million. There has been an improvement in the total number and the rate of decline of unemployed persons when compared to the year-over-year improvements.

In the foodservice sector, BLS researchers notice a fall in employment that has been factored by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The sector alone has contributed towards adding an average of 24,000 job opportunities every month.

Unemployment Rate by State for September 2017

unemployment rate september 2017 US

The overall unemployment rate for September was expected to not be a pretty picture. However, the BLS report further added that the overview for the month looked positive with an increase of 0.3% in the ratio of population-to-unemployment, bringing it to 60.4%. The current labor force participation rate of 63.1% has continued the year-long trend showing a small improvement.

The report also contained additional information about the employment situation for September 2017.

  • Non-farm employment has been adding 172,000 jobs per month on an average
  • Employment in transportation and warehousing grew by 22,000 jobs
  • There was no change in Manufacturing employment which broke the industry’s trend of adding an average of 14,000 jobs for the past 10 months
  • The 40.7 hour average workweek remained the same throughout manufacturing and even overtime remained unchanged at 3.3 hours. The value of non-farm sectors is 6 hours lesser than that of manufacturing sectors
  • Average hourly earnings rose by $0.12 making it $26.55. The average hourly pay, however, increased by $0.74 or 2.9% when compared against that of September 2016

Top 5 States with the Lowest Unemployment Rate

The states with the top 5 ranks for the lowest unemployment rates for September 2017 are as follow:

  • North Dakota – 2.4%
  • Colorado – 2.5%
  • Hawaii – 2.5%
  • New Hampshire – 2.7%
  • Idaho – 2.8%, and
  • Nebraska – 2.8%

Unemployment Rates September 2017 with Ranking

(Seasonally adjusted)

StateSeptember 2017 Rate (%)Rank in Unemployment Rate

(Lowest to Highest)

North Dakota2.41
Colorado2.52
Hawaii2.52
New Hampshire2.74
Idaho2.85
Nebraska2.85
Vermont2.97
Tennessee3.08
Iowa3.29
South Dakota3.410
Utah3.410
Arkansas3.512
Wisconsin3.512
Maine3.714
Minnesota3.714
Virginia3.714
Alabama3.817
Florida3.817
Indiana3.817
Kansas3.817
Maryland3.817
Missouri3.817
Massachusetts3.923
Montana3.923
South Carolina3.923
Texas4.026
Wyoming4.026
North Carolina4.128
Oregon4.229
Rhode Island4.229
Michigan4.331
Georgia4.532
Oklahoma4.532
Connecticut4.634
Washington4.634
Arizona4.736
New Jersey4.736
Pennsylvania4.838
Delaware4.939
Nevada4.939
New York4.939
Illinois5.042
California5.143
Louisiana5.143
West Virginia5.143
Kentucky5.246
Mississippi5.246
Ohio5.348
New Mexico6.249
District of Columbia6.550
Alaska7.251

Top 10 Metro Areas with the Lowest Unemployment Rate for September 2017

The top 10 Metropolitan areas with the lowest unemployment rate for the month of September 2017 are as follow:

  1. Fort Collins, CO
  2. Boulder, CO
  3. Fargo, ND-MN
  4. Bismarck, ND
  5. Greeley, CO
  6. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  7. Idaho Falls, ID
  8. Dover-Durham, NH-ME
  9. Portsmouth, NH-ME; and
  10. Urban Honolulu, HI

If you are among the population who is currently unemployed and you are searching for jobs, we hope to have given you answers to all your questions on the unemployment situation. In case you have more questions, you can visit our Community Forums to get instant answers to your queries. Interact with people in the same situation as well experts in the field and clear your head from the questions.

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  1. I work for a church pre school program and I have lost my job due to coronavirus. When I applied for unemployment in Texas it says that two does not except this employer as my last employer. I’ve been working there for 13 years. What do I do?

  2. Chad ….. how do I get thru when it wont accept my ID or my password. I change it 5 times and it still wont work. Calling is not working at any time when I spend and whole day calling back to back to get thru. why don’t they just help or force the employers ( company) to place they claims in for their workers like GM did……I NEED HELP…PLEASE.

    1. Chad,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  3. i live in ga…all the day cares have shut down my wife and i have full time jobs,,,but i have to leave my company which i have been there for over two years,to take care of our child….can i still collect unemployment…this covid virus is why i have to leave my job…

    1. Gary,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  4. are you kidding me my son lost his job on 10/17/2020 hes mentally challenged and cant file on his own because he doesn’t know how so I started going to sites trying to file for him and the residence inn Marriott promised to help him and have done zip . ive tried 10 different sites and I keep getting dropped wen I complete forms and push submit. 12 days now n still cant file a claim.

    1. Martin,

      There’s only one website you should be trying from. Please let us know your state and we’ll share the website information.

  5. I have submitted my forms EXACTLY as I was instructed too on line. Even though I have filled out the paperwork correctly I keep getting emails asking for me to fill out the form that I have done multiple times already. Remuneration – Claimant Questionnaire is the issue. I got online and requested a phone call. 3 days ago. I just need to know that you guys received everything and I don’t owe any more information.
    Nobody answers the 617-626-6800 number. Just get directed to the internet. Well, you can’t speak with the internet. I am getting mixed messages and I fret that this will delay any benefits.
    Could someone please give me a call.

    1. James,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. This is a private forum and we’ll not be able to arrange a callback.

  6. I work for a church that has grown it’s congregation over almost 40 years and we now have 26 mostly full time employees, most being here many years. Will our employees be able to file and receive benefits since we are an EXEMPT from paying unemployment industry? State of Florida

  7. My unemployment benefits ran out 3/1/2020 am I able to file for extended benefits ? I live in California and am 62 years old.

    1. Ariana,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

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