Unemployment rates stable in most of nation

Unemployment rates were stable in the bulk of the nation in July.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 40 states saw little change in jobless rates from June in a new report released Friday. Twenty-six states had unemployment rates mirroring the national average of 3.5 percent from July.

The nationwide rate dropped slightly for a second straight month, from 3.6 percent to 3.5 percent. The economy added 187,000 jobs in July.

New Hampshire reported the lowest unemployment rate of 1.7 percent. Maryland and Vermont were at 1.8 each. South Dakota was at 1.9.

Pennsylvania reported the most significant decrease from June to July from 3.8 to 3.5.
Florida added the most jobs, 44,500. Indiana added 13,900 and Hawaii 5,300.

For the year, Texas has added the most, 441,700, followed by California (363,000) and Florida (300,600).

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate at 5.3 percent in July. The District of Columbia was at 5 percent.

Arizona (3.6 percent) and Wisconsin (2.6 percent) saw unemployment rise by 0.1 percent.

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