Alaska's July unemployment rate at 7%

No Change in Arkansas 3.4 Percent Unemployment Rate

The rates in 46 states were the same in July as in June.

Unfortunately, this is higher than the nationwide unemployment rate for July-which is 4.3 percent-but it is also still pretty low for the Golden State. There were 3,100 people counted as unemployed one year ago, compared to 2,900 this July. It was little changed from June's 4.4 percent. However, the category - which counts durable and nondurable goods - remains down by 400 jobs over the same time a year ago.

"The short-term economy looks better than we had forecast for the year; we're doing well", said Stephen Fuller, an economist with George Mason University.

The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division's labor market information specialists.

Over the past year, Oregon, Arkansas, Florida, New Hampshire, Utah and Texas saw the largest percentage job gains - with growth of at least 2.4 percent.

The lowest rate in the state, 3.2 percent, was reported in San Mateo County.

Two industry sectors posted job declines over the year, down a total of 15,500 jobs.

The last time the MA figure mirrored the national one was April 2008, when both were at 5 percent, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Eight of the 11 supersectors added jobs with the largest movement in manufacturing, up 8,300.

On a year-over basis, farms lost 1,000 jobs while nonfarm industries added 7,300 jobs, with the biggest gains in government with 4,000 positions.

The agency says Idaho's rate is 63 percent, the lowest participation rate since May of 1976.

Alaska had the highest rate at 7.0 percent, followed by New Mexico at 6.3 percent, Kentucky and Louisiana at 5.3 percent each, and MS and OH, which were at 5.2 percent each.

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