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Nevada Unemployment Highest; California Adds Most Jobs

August 17 2012

Nevada reported the highest unemployment rate among states in July at 12.0 percent, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Silver State’s jobless rate rose from 11.6 percent in June.

Rhode Island posted the second-highest unemployment rate among states in July at 10.8 percent. California was third-highest at 10.7 percent despite adding 25,200 jobs in July — the highest month-over-month gain of any state.

North Dakota registered the lowest jobless rate among states at 3.0 percent in July. It was followed by Nebraska at 4.0 percent.

Among the four most populous states, all added jobs in the “employment services” industry. The industry includes temporary help services as well as employment placement agencies, executive search services and professional employer organizations.

Data in this industry is not seasonally adjusted, and comparisons are on a year-over-year basis rather than month-over-month basis:

  • California had 377,000 employment services industry jobs in July, up 40,100 on a year-over-year basis.
  • Texas had 264,700 employment services industry jobs in July, up 8,100 on a year-over-year basis.
  • New York had 150,600 employment services industry jobs in July, up 11,900 on a year-over-year basis. In addition, New York reported it had 103,500 “temporary help services” jobs, up 12,400 on a year-over-year basis.
  • Florida had 178,400 employment services jobs in July, up 27,200 on a year-over-year basis.

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