In August, unemployment rates fell in 29 states and remained steady in 11. Nebraska leads the ranking with a jobless rate of only 2.8 percent. North Dakota is just 0.1 percent behind and remains the second-lowest, with a 2.9 unemployment rate. California, the largest state by population, has dropped to 6.1 percent from 7.4 percent a year ago. By comparison, the national jobless rate is 5.1, 0.2 percent lower than the month before. In 10 states, the rates rose.
Nationwide, 173.000 jobs were added in August. 32 states gained new positions and in 18 states employers shed jobs. California saw the biggest increase, with 36.200 new openings. In Florida, employers added 19.600 jobs, whereas Ohio was the third and it gained 14.600 jobs. However, economists say that 36 states still have a higher unemployment rate than they did before the Great Recession. The list includes California, Arizona, Alabama and North Carolina.
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