Maine's July unemployment rate still well below 4 percent

Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair

Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hiring increased in 11 US states in July, while the unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in two states.

The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 4.3 percent, according to the Department of Labor's news release.

3 percent in June from 4.2 percent in May.

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Weld County's unemployment rate has sunk to 2.4 percent, slightly lower than June, but more than a full percentage point since the same time past year. But it still keeps the unemployment rate well below the national average and lower than all neighboring states. Losses were recorded in trade and educational services. The construction sector took a notable tumble, shedding 700 jobs in July. The Grand Island unemployment rate held steady a 3%. They fell in 15 states and rose in 23, but numerous changes were statistically insignificant. The July unemployment rates for Vermont's 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.4 percent in White River Junction to 4.4 percent in Bennington and Derby (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally-adjusted).

The unemployment rate fell by 1.4 percentage points in Indiana, Tennessee and Wyoming over the past year - the biggest declines in the country. MA has added 45,200 jobs since July 2016, according to preliminary estimates. Leisure and hospitality added 433 jobs with other services growing by 355 jobs.

Several states saw strong job growth between June and July, along with Pennsylvania.

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