Idaho August unemployment rate declines to 2.9 percent

AR unemployment climbs to 3.5 percent in August

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent last month, down one-tenth of a percentage point.

The number of jobs in the area also hit an all-time high of 191,751, which was up more than 5,100 from a year ago. The rate had plummeted in the first five months of the year after ending 2016 at 4.1 percent. That is a slight increase from July where it was at 3.7%.

Vermont's unemployment rate is down in August, compared to July.

"The movement in the jobless rate mirrored the trend seen at the national level", BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said in a news release.

The state has lost 9,000 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 6,300 private sector jobs since August of 2016. Employment in four sectors declined. Government added 2,800 jobs. Most of the expansion occurred in administrative and support services (+5,200), a subsector which includes employment agencies.

The highest growth sectors for IN in August were trade, transportation and utilities, as well as financial activities. Gains in financial activities and educational and health services were offset by losses in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

Government reported the largest decline, down 1,500 jobs.

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