The jobless or unemployment rates in the United States surged in nearly half of its states in the month of August amid employers added more jobs in two-thirds of the states.
According to the Labor Department, the rate of unemployment rose in 24 states, slide in 15 and remain unchanged in 11. The employers accelerated the pace of hiring in 35 states, while the addition of new jobs fell in 15.
The national unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent last month from 6.2 percent in July. Employers added 142,000 new jobs in the United States which is below an average of 212,000 in the previous one year period.
Experts say the jobless rates can increase even when hiring rises if more people begin looking for job and don’t find work immediately.
As per the analysts, the government figures for different states indicated that hiring was broad-based across most regions of the United States in August, even as the job gains across the nation last month were the weakest this year.
The report showed that the unemployment rate of Georgia, which was the highest among all the states, surged to 8.1 percent last month from July’s 7.7 percent. This is the first time when Georgia has held the top spot by recording the highest rate since the 2008 Great Recession ended. Earlier, Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island held the highest level.
Georgia was followed by Mississippi at 7.9 percent jobless rate. North Dakota recorded the lowest rate of unemployment at 2.8 percent among all the states. North Dakota has recorded the lowest figures nationwide for many years.
North Dakota was followed by three states, namely Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah, that recorded 3.6 percent unemployment rate.
With 46,600 new jobs, Texas recorded the biggest job gains in August, followed by California (27,700) and Michigan (17,900).
The jobless rate in the Northeast was 6.2 percent, followed by South regions (6.3 percent) and the West (6.6 percent). The Midwest recorded lowest rate of unemployment at 5.8 percent among the country’s four regions.