August employment picture for states mixed

ALEXANDRIA, VA - JULY 05: A hiring sign is seen at a restaurant July 5, 2013 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The Labor Department reported that U.S. economy has added 195,000 jobs in June with the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - JULY 05: A hiring sign is seen at a restaurant July 5, 2013 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The Labor Department reported that U.S. economy has added 195,000 jobs in June with the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
Posted: September 22, 2013

The employment picture for the region and nation was mixed in August, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent in July as the number of people without jobs in the state increased by 9,000, the department said.

New Jersey's rate dipped to 8.5 percent from July's 8.6 percent as the number without jobs fell by about 3,000.

All the numbers are seasonally adjusted.

The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.

Year-over-year for August, New Jersey added 64,700 jobs and brought its unemployment rate down from 9.7 percent in August 2012, the department said.

Pennsylvania added 39,100 jobs in the same period. In August 2012, unemployment in the state stood at 8.1 percent.

Total employment increased in 29 states, decreased in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Montana, the Labor Department said.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate among the states in August, 9.5 percent. North Dakota still had the lowest jobless rate, 3.0 percent.

Overall, the government said, 18 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment-rate increases, 17 states had decreases, and 15 states had no change.

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 12 states had increases, and two states had no change.


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