Kansas unemployment rate ticks up to 3.9 percent in August

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The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state lost 4,900 private sector jobs last month, although private sector employment has grown by more than 25,400 over the past year.

July's unemployment rate was 3.1%. Thanks to that decline, the unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent for the month, which was down from 3.2 percent a year ago.

Unemployment was 4.8 percent in July, and it stood at an all-time record-tying low of 4.7 percent seen in both May and June. The Labor Department says the Norfolk area's labor force fell by nearly 400 people, which translated to 326 fewer people employed.

In August, leisure and hospitality employers added 3,700 jobs with education and health services hiring 2,200 employees.




Madera County farms added 2,200 jobs on a month-over basis, while nonfarm industries added 700 jobs. Boise (up 0.8 percent), Coeur d'Alene and Pocatello (0.5 percent) MSAs together saw nonfarm job increases of 3,000. The state's portfolio of private-sector jobs has fallen by 6,300 since August 2016.

"August's job gains are the second-highest in the past seven years", said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.

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

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