New Jersey unemployment rate climbs to 4.5 percent

The statewide unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August 2016.

MA added an estimated 10,800 jobs in August, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday through the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The state's labor force increased to 3.7 million last month - an increase of 16,900 from the previous month. The labor force includes those employed and unemployed residents who are actively seeking work.

Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 52,200 jobs, with the greatest amount of growth experienced in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and leisure/hospitality.

Government and other services faced the biggest reduction in August, losing 2,900 and 1,100 jobs respectively.

Washington has added an estimated 83,000 new jobs from August 2016 through August 2017, not seasonally adjusted.

"There is a lot of encouraging news in this jobs report, but also clear signals that we have to keep working to strengthen the middle class", she said in a statement. The number of jobs overall was up 9,300 from a year ago, including 3,200 jobs in construction.

The August figure puts Massachusetts' rate at two-tenths of a percentage point below the national average, restoring a key talking point for the state's elected officials and business leaders.

Vanessa Coleman