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Updated at 10:26 a.m. ET

As the country has clawed its way back from the worst recession in generations, companies have been creating plenty of jobs. Employers added another 223,000 positions last month alone, the Labor Department said Friday. And the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.8 percent, the lowest since 2000, from April's 3.9 percent.

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Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in ten and rose in 22 counties between October 2016 and October 2017.

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Illinois officials say the state's unemployment rate fell .5 percentage points to 4.9 percent in March.

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Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate stayed at 5 percent in March, which was unchanged from the prior month.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is delaying the release of its September employment data because of the partial government shutdown.