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The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose in eight states, dropped in one, and was also mostly the same in 41 states.

Year-over-year, there was an overall gain 265,100 jobs, a 1.6 percent increase.

Eight states saw an increase in their unemployment rate in August and the national rate increased from 4.3 to 4.4 percent. The national rate moved up slightly in August to 4.4 percent.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls shrank by 8,000 from a record high in July, remaining above 5.95 million. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show the IN labor force increased by more than 4,600 IN August.

"Total nonfarm job estimates for Kansas increased by 800 jobs in August". The rate had plummeted in the first five months of the year after ending 2016 at 4.1 percent.

Compared to August 2016, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are up by 22,500.

The figures reflect the steady job gains nationwide that have fueled the eight-year long economic recovery from the Great Recession.

Jobs in educational and health services rose by 6,600, in health care and social assistance and educational services. Those were offset by the loss of 4,600 professional and business services jobs and 1,300 in financial activities.