TribLIVE

| Business


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Jobless rates rise in January in half of U.S. states

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates increased in 25 states. They fell in only 8 states and were unchanged in 17.

Nationally, the unemployment rate ticked up in January to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. Employers added only 119,000 jobs, down from 219,000 in December.

Job gains have since accelerated. Employers added 236,000 jobs in February, and the national unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 percent.

In January, California and Rhode Island reported the highest state unemployment rates, at 9.8 percent. The lowest was North Dakota at 3.3 percent. The state has benefited from an oil and gas boom.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. Car dealerships turn advertising, sales focus to women
  2. Hackers cash in on online payday loans
  3. Businesses pursue A-list clients
  4. How to stand out, succeed in short-tenure jobs
  5. Dollar’s strength bruises companies
  6. Tips for parents helping child buy a home
  7. U.S. oil, natural gas rig count drops by 34 to 954
  8. Kim Komando: Dig up dirt on daughter’s boyfriend online
  9. Google’s changes to search results formula expected to shake up mobile economy
  10. India’s poor, traders fear push to ban beef
  11. Pa. employers shed 12,700 jobs in March; unemployment rate rises to 5.3 percent