State jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in August

State jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in August

The rate is now 3.5 percent.

Statewide the unemployment rate was unchanged at 2.8 percent.

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

The Massachusetts unemployment rate presently stands two-tenths of a percent below the national average.

However, New Mexico's unemployment rate also remained stuck at the second-highest slot in the nation, at 6.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Indiana's labor force increased by 4,615 from the previous month due to an 8,007 decrease in employment and a 12,622 increase in unemployment.

Private employers still have added 42,400 jobs over the past year.

Seven of the state's 10 major industry supersectors, including trade, transportation and utilities, lost jobs last month, while the manufacturing and professional and business services sectors gained and the information sector was flat.

Year over year, nonfarm employment rose by 5,200 jobs (government reported the largest increase of 2,200 jobs), while farms cut 2,800 jobs. DE had 1,000 more non-farm jobs in August than in July and has added 3,200 since this time past year. Over the year, the state's nonfarm payroll jobs were up 2.2 percent with a net gain of 15,200 jobs.

Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 4,600, largely in food services.

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