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July Unemployment Up in Nebraska and Kansas

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Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs. This echoes national data that shows the job market may have lost some momentum.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates increased in 28 states and fell in just eight. That's the fewest to show a decline since January.

Hiring increased in 32 states in July but that's the fewest in the past three months.

Nationwide hiring has been steady this year but slowed in July. Employers added 162,000 jobs, the fewest since March.

In Nebraska the unemployment rate rose in July, up to 4.2-percent. That's slightly higher than the 4-percent reported in June.

Nebraska Labor Department officials say the increase is due to more people entering the workforce but finding a shortage of positions available.

Kansas officials say the state's unemployment rate also rose slightly in July with the jobless rate at 5.9-percent. In June the rate sat slightly lower at 5.8-percent.

The rate increase is a result of fewer people working in Kansas, at the same time there are more people in the available labor pool.

Officials also note that manufacturing shed 1,900 jobs in July, the second straight month of declines, which labor officials say indicates weakness in the sector.

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