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Unemployment in Maine holds at a little less than 5%

Sep. 17, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The jobs picture held steady in Maine through the summer, as the state's unemployment rate held at 4.9% last month, officials said Friday. The Maine Department of Labor said the number of non-farm payroll jobs fell by 1,200 to 617,200 in August....

Nebraska unemployment rate of 2.2% is lowest on record

Sep. 17, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rate for August of 2.2% was the nation's lowest and the lowest on record for the state, a state agency reported Friday. The Nebraska Department of Labor said the August rate was down slightly from July's rate of 2.3%. ...

Pennsylvania's labor force shrank, payrolls flat in August

Sep. 17, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped to another post-pandemic low, according to state figures released Friday, but the labor force shrank in August and payrolls remained virtually flat as employers, such as restaurants and school bus companies, struggle to find...

Rhode Island's unemployment rate rises slightly

Sep. 16, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 5.8%, and the state has now regained 73% of the jobs lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when many businesses were required to close, state labor officials said Thursday....

Job market disconnect raises concerns over economic recovery

Sep. 16, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

The gulf between record job openings and a lack of people taking those jobs is forcing Wall Street to reassess the pace of the economic recovery. Jobs were gutted during the pandemic and employment growth has been a closely watched gauge for investors. Increasing...

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

Sep. 16, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before,...

Georgia jobless rate falls to 3.5% in August, payrolls stall

Sep. 16, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's jobless rate fell for the 16th straight month in August, although employer payroll growth stalled. The state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% from 3.7% in July. The state's jobless rate was 7% in August 2020. The number...

US jobless claims tick up to 332,000, up 20,000 from last week, as delta variant weighs on economy

Sep. 16, 2021 08:39 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims tick up to 332,000, up 20,000 from last week, as delta variant weighs on economy.

Washington August jobless rate was 5.1%; 16,800 jobs added

Sep. 15, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s unemployment rate remained at 5.1% and the state added 16,800 jobs last month, officials announced Wednesday. The Employment Security Department said that August's rate was the same as July's rate, and the job gains came even as...

Worker advocates seek more NC aid as federal benefits expire

Sep. 13, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployed need higher and longer jobless benefits from the state more than ever now that additional federal benefits created during the COVID-19 pandemic expired this month, advocates for workers and the poor said Monday. Several...