A total of 24 states added jobs in July, while 16 states saw drops in employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The national jobless rate was unchanged from June at 5.3 percent, and was .9 percentage points lower than July 2014, the federal agency said.

Year-over-year, the largest jobs increases were in California, with 80,700 jobs; Texas, with 31,40 and Florida, with 30,500. The largest decreases were in New Jersey, with a job loss of 13,600; Louisiana, with 4,500 jobs lost and Kansas, with 4,300 jobs lost.

The largest over the month percentage increase in employment occurred in Wyoming, at .9 percent, followed by Oklahoma and rhode Island at .7 percent. The largest percentage decline in employment from June to July occurred in North Dakota, at a loss of .5 percent; followed by Hawaii, Kansas, New Jersey and West Virginia, at a loss of .3 percent each.

Regionally, the Midwest had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, while the West had the highest rate at 5.7 percent.

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in July, 2.7 percent. West Virginia had the highest rate, 7.5 percent. In total, 18 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.3 percent, 10 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably
different from that of the nation.

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