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DE jobless rate rises for second straight month

16 September 2017
DE jobless rate rises for second straight month

Eight states saw an increase in their unemployment rate in August and the national rate increased from 4.3 to 4.4 percent.

Maryland added more than 14,000 jobs in August, the second-highest gain in seven years, as the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. The national rate has dropped one-half of a percentage point in the same span, the Department of Labor & Industry report said. "In just two and a half years, Maryland has added more than 10 times more private sector jobs than were added in the previous 8 years, and the unemployment rate is at the lowest it has been in almost a decade". That is a slight increase from July where it was at 3.7%.

Nationally, the unemployment rate is 4.4 percent.

Arkansas' nonfarm payroll jobs decreased 2,600 in August to total 1,241,200. Employment in four sectors declined.

But the state is adding jobs.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 5,100.

The highest growth sectors for IN in August were trade, transportation and utilities, as well as financial activities.

On an annual basis, farms added 100 jobs while nonfarm industries added 3,800 jobs, led by educational & health services with 1,300 jobs.

Government reported the largest decline, down 1,500 jobs.