Em­ploy­ers stepped up hir­ing in 6 US states last month

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Christo­pher Ru­gaber

WASH­ING­TON » Hir­ing picked up in six U.S. states last month, fell in three and was mostly un­changed in 41 states in Au­gust.

The La­bor Depart­ment said Fri­day that the un­em­ploy­ment rate rose in eight states, dropped in one, and was also mostly the same in 41 states.

The fig­ures reflect the steady job gains na­tion­wide that have fu­eled the eight-year long eco­nomic re­cov­ery from the Great Re­ces­sion. U.S. em­ploy­ers added 156,000 jobs over­all last month, and the un­em­ploy­ment rate ticked up to 4.4 per­cent, still near a 16-year low.

The gov­ern­ment said the data was col­lected be­fore Hur­ri­cane Har­vey plowed through Texas and Louisiana in the fi­nal week of fig­ures.

The un­em­ploy­ment rate fell to 3.3 per­cent in Ten­nessee, the low­est on records in that state dat­ing back to 1976. North Dakota and Colorado re­ported the nation’s low­est un­em­ploy­ment rates, at 2.3 per­cent and 2.4 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

Sev­eral states re­ported strong job growth in Au­gust com­pared with July. the month and didn’t af­fect the Georgia added 19,800 jobs, fol­lowed by Mary­land with 14,200 and Mas­sachusetts with 10,800. Ken­tucky, New Mex­ico and New Hamp­shire also re­ported big gains. New Mex­ico saw the largest per­cent­age in­crease, fol­lowed by New Hamp­shire and Mary­land.

Ore­gon, Arkansas and Maine re­ported large job losses in Au­gust from the pre­vi­ous month.

Nine­teen states now have un­em­ploy­ment rates be­low the U.S. fig­ure of 4.4 per­cent, in­clud­ing Arkansas, at 3.5 per­cent; Hawaii, at 2.6 per­cent; Idaho, at 2.9 per­cent, and Iowa, at 3.3 per­cent.

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