AUSTIN, Texas— The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly last month, representing the first increase in the rate this year, state officials said Friday. Major industries across the board in Texas continued to show growth, with the workforce commission saying the state added 20,100 jobs last month.» Read More
RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose to 5.6 percent in August. Virginia's jobless rate has increased for the past four months. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 24 states and Washington, D.C., fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11 states.
AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine's unemployment rate ticked up slightly in August to 5.6 percent. Maine's unemployment rate remains below the national average of 6.1 percent and the New England average of 5.9 percent.
MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate is up four-tenths of one percent to 4.1 percent, the third increase in three months. Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says at 4.1 percent, Vermont's unemployment rate is well below the national average of 6.1 percent.
The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15.. Georgia's unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent from 7.7 percent in July to the highest among all the states. Previously, Nevada, Michigan and Rhode Island have had the highest.
INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana's unemployment rate declined for the first time in four months during August, dropping slightly to 5.8 percent. Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless mark fell one-tenth of a percentage point last month from July's rate.
LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in August but registered four-tenths of a point under the rate a year ago, the Nebraska Labor Department said Friday. South Dakota had the nation's lowest rate last month— 2.8 percent— and Nebraska's 3.6 percent was matched by South Dakota and Utah, the U.S. Labor Department said.
An index that hints at the outlook for the U.S. economy rose modestly in August but fell short of Wall Street expectations.
LAS VEGAS— Nevada's unemployment rate ticked down last month to its lowest level in six years, helped by rebounds in the construction and business services industries, state officials said.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama's unemployment rate decreased slightly in August to 6.9 percent, but remained above last year's rate for last month. Robert Bentley announced Alabama recorded 6.9 percent in August, compared to 7.0 percent in July and 6.5 percent in August 2013.
COLUMBIA, S.C.— South Carolina's unemployment rate rose again in August to 6.4 percent, putting the state above the national jobless rate, according to labor data released Friday. South Carolina's revised July rate was 5.8 percent, after being 5.3 percent since April.
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's unemployment rate for August was unchanged from the previous month, according to state statistics released Friday. That figure was up from the Ohio's seasonally adjusted rate for May and June, which was 5.5 percent.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed his dissatisfaction with a chronically high jobless rate and complained of a "very sick idea" that the unemployed would "rather just sit around."
TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's unemployment rate rose a tick in August to 6.6 percent as more people looked for work and the number of people with jobs dropped slightly. The state Labor Department released its preliminary monthly report Thursday. New Jersey's unemployment rate remains above the national rate of 6.1 percent.
ST. LOUIS— Illinois' unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner.
ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota has gained 6,100 jobs in August, driving down the state's unemployment rate to 4.3 percent. The Department of Employment and Economic Development numbers show construction and business services jobs were responsible for more than 80 percent of August's job gains.
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LANSING, Mich.— The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 7.4 percent in the latest month. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management& Budget released the August employment report Wednesday. The state says that Michigan's civilian labor force fell by 11,000 to 4.731 million in August.
A closely watched barometer of business conditions showed the manufacturing sector lost steam in September, and fell short of market estimates.
CNBC's Steve Liesman, and BlackRock's Jeffrey Rosenberg, discuss whether the Fed is sending mixed messages to the markets.
Jobless claims tumbled sharply in the latest week, but so did housing starts in August, which plummeted by more than 14 percent.