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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.5 Percent

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.5 Percent

State labor statistics released Friday show that the unemployment rate for Madison, Pierce and Stanton counties fell two-tenths of a percent in August to 2.7.

The rate is now 3.5 percent.

The Lincoln-area unemployment rate dropped in August, as did the state rate.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment increased from 4.8% in July to 5% in August.

North Dakota and Colorado had the lowest unemployment rates in August at 2.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.

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Nineteen states now have unemployment rates below the US 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.

The labor department says the unemployment rate in ME has been 4 percent or less for 23 months.

Maryland trailed only Georgia for the largest increase in non-farm payroll employment. Of the 14,200 jobs added last month, 9,700 were in the private sector. Six supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs over the year, with three adding more than 20,000. Over the year, the state's nonfarm payroll jobs were up 2.2 percent with a net gain of 15,200 jobs. Gains in those sectors offset losses in the leisure and hospitality and private, educational and health services.

Department analysts classified 5,272 of Idaho's 24,000 online job postings for August as hard-to-fill.


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