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.