The number of people employed statewide in mining and logging, as well as construction fields, increased in February compared with those employed a year ago, according to the latest statistics from the state Department of Labor and Industry.
Mining and logging industries led the way last month with a 19.7 percent increase in employment from a year ago, according to the department. However, the sector's nearly 38,000 total jobs are dwarfed by construction's 229,000 jobs, which gained 9,900 jobs or 4.5 percent from a year ago.
Manufacturing gained 5,100 jobs, or about 1 percent, from a year ago, according to the department.
The state's unemployment rate remained unchanged from January at 7.6 percent. There were 27,000 fewer people in the ranks of the unemployed compared with a year ago, or a 5.3 percent decrease, according to the department.