County unemployment falls to 6.8%

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County unemployment falls to 6.8%

Across the state, April jobless rate hits 5.6 percent
U.S. jobless rate slips to 6.3 percent

Employers added 217,000 workers in May, more than enough to surpass the 138.4 million jobs that existed when the recession began in December 2007. But as the unemployment rate has slipped to 6.3 percent from 10 percent at the depth of the recession, the economy still lacks firepower.
There are still 1.49 million construction jobs missing. Factories have 1.65 million fewer workers. Many of these jobs have been permanently replaced by new technologies: robots, software and advanced equipment that speeds productivity and requires less manpower, said Patrick O’Keefe, director of economic research for the advisory and consulting firm CohnReznick.
“When heavy things need to be moved, we now have machines to do it,” O’Keefe said. “It is unlikely in the manufacturing sector that we recover much of the losses.”
Government payrolls have shrunk, taking middle class pay with them. Local school districts have 255,400 fewer employees. The U.S. Postal Service has shed 194,700 employees.
The Associated Press

County unemployment falls to 6.8%

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