Unemployment rate in NJ ticks up to 4.5%

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities dropped 3,000. The jobless rate was 4.1 percent in April, May and June. US 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 Massachusetts unemployment rate presently stands two-tenths of a percent below the national average.

The state's preliminary jobs estimate for July was also revised up from 800 to 3,400 jobs added.

Maine's unemployment rate was less than the US rate of 4.4 percent, which was also up slightly from July but down from a year ago.

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The Department of Labor in its analysis of the job numbers says it is possible the upward trend in unemployment is just "statistical noise".

The latest version of the QCEW, released last week, showed Wisconsin ranked 31st in private sector job growth for the 12-month period ending in March.

Officials say Kansas has lost 9,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, including 6,300 private-sector jobs. The largest increase was a gain of 2,100 leisure & hospitality jobs, pushing the supersector to a new record high for the third consecutive month.

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

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