Eleven states added jobs last month-and California is one of them-but that does not necessarily mean that the employment rate is improving. In July, the USA jobless rate stood at 4.3 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from June and down six-tenths of a percentage point from July 2016.
ADWS says Arkansas' civilian labor force added 9,168, a result of 9,058 additional employed and 110 more unemployed Arkansans. So far, wage gains nationwide remain at about 2.5 percent a year, below the 3.5 percent pace normally associated with a healthy economy.
The number of young individuals ages 16 to 24 that were employed totaled 20.9 million, which was an increase from the 20.5 million that were employed in July past year.
Trade, transportation and utilities added 5,400 jobs.
Jobs in educational and health services rose by 8,200, mostly in health care and social assistance.
The number of jobs in the Lincoln area was up more than 3,300 from July 2016 to July 2017, although the number of manufacturing jobs fell by 232.
The Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium region of the north state, which includes Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Nevada, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties, increased its unemployment rate by 0.4 percent to 6.2 percent for those counties combined. People not actively looking for work go uncounted as part of the unemployed.
Alaska's 6.7 percent rate for May and June followed seven consecutive months at 6.6 percent, the department reported on Friday.
Other services lost 1,400 (-1.0 percent) jobs over the month.
Now, an increase in leisure and hospitality is normal for this time of year, of course.
Leisure and hospitality jobs increased by 7,100, mostly in accommodation and food services.