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No Change in Arkansas 3.4 Percent Unemployment Rate
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20 August, 2017

Idaho's unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in July.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates remained San Mateo at 3.2 percent, San Francisco-Redwood City 3.3 percent, San Francisco County at 3.4 percent in July.

California's unemployment rate for July was 4.8 percent, up from 4.7 percent in June but below 5.4 percent a year ago.

All told, the state's average unemployment rate totaled 5 percent.

While L.A. County boasts a robust array of educational institutions, such as UCLA, a seasonal drop in education-related jobs contributed to a rise in unemployment in July.

The unemployment rate for young people aged 16 to 24 years old looking for summer work declined to a 17-year low, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison", officials said.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was down 18,000 over the month to 6,456,000, officials stated.

The unemployment rates for cities have not been seasonally adjusted, so they can not be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.

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And it looks like former California director of state Employment Development, Michael Bernick agrees. "And then those people not only coming in but then finding employment once they're in the labor force". The 1.5 percent job growth rate equaled the national rate and was the strongest in a year.

The state's unemployment rate has improved more than expected this year. The new rate also remained well below the USA rate of 4.3 percent in July.

The county gained 2,000 new jobs over the past month.

Arkansas added 32,900 nonfarm jobs from July previous year to last month. Government had the most losses with 5,800 jobs, while construction, mining and logging industries added 800 jobs. Month to month, the largest gains were seen in professional and business services, up 903, and leisure and hospitality, up 433.

Now, an increase in leisure and hospitality is normal for this time of year, of course.

"That, to me, is a sector that the state has been struggling to grow", Jebaraj said.

That sector includes doctors, accountants, engineers and architects, Jebaraj said. Employment in three sectors declined.

Compared to July 2016, Arkansas' nonfarm payroll employment is up 32,900. Over the year, manufacturing lost 1,500 (-0.6 percent) jobs.


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