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Payrolls were up in 11 states - including MA - and was essentially unchanged in 39 states and the District, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The governor's office says the state's preliminary, seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February was unchanged from the January number. Florida is also beating the national unemployment rate which was 4.1 percent for the month of February. The last time the rate was this low was August 2001 when the rate was 4.4%, the newspaper said.

While the monthly addition of 14,000 payroll jobs was relatively modest, economist Sung Won Sohn of California State University, Channel Islands, said "you have to use a three-month average to get a better picture".

Cara Welch, EDD labor market consultant, said combined employment in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties increased by only 100 between January and February, to 983,500.

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In February, an estimated 2,500 locals were jobless, compared to 3,200 the year before.

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However, Zeller was more concerned about what the recent revisions to 2017 employment numbers show.

The nation's jobs report for February was also strong, exceeding expectations when it added 313,000 jobs for the month.

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The state's labor force participation rate - the share of working age population employed and unemployed - was 65.4 percent. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 5,900 (+0.7 percent) jobs. Rates were highest in Skagway, which depends on summer tourism and always has higher rates in the off-season (24.8 percent), followed by rural areas with limited job opportunities year-round.

Trade, transportation and utilities were up 400.

The QCEW is generally referred to as the "gold-standard" for job figures because it relies on data from 96 percent of employers. Hawaii had the lowest rate at 2.1 percent. Over the year, Financial Activities added 600 (+0.3%) jobs.

But leisure and hospitality had a tough February, losing 2,900 for the month.

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Government and leisure/hospitality both added 2,600 to total 252,400 and 189,800, respectively. Over the year, Government lost 1,300 (-0.3 percent) jobs.

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