Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 states

WASHINGTON (AP) Solid hiring nationwide led unemployment rates to touch record lows in three U.S. states last month, including Arkansas.

Arkansas, Colorado and Oregon reported the lowest unemployment rates since 1976. Colorado's rate, at 2.3 percent, was the nation's lowest. Arkansas reported a rate of 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent in March.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office reports the state added 11,000 jobs in April, and the labor force participation increased from the previous month.

“Our unemployment rate is even more impressive when you consider that the number of employees on the government payroll is shrinking, while private sector employment and the labor force participation rate continue to climb,” Hutchinson said.

The Governor’s office also cited statistics that show there are now 70,200 more Arkansans employed than when Hutchinson first took office in 2015

The Labor Department says unemployment rates declined in 10 states in April, increased in one - Massachusetts - and held relatively stable in the other 39. A significant number of the job gains occurred in nine states, led by Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Indiana was the only state to see a significant decrease in jobs last month.