The states that saw the largest increase in initial jobless claims for the week ending Aug. 29 were California (an uptick of 22,647), Texas (a rise of 4,521) and Louisiana (a spike of 3,662). The states that saw the largest decreases were Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
The national unemployment rate was 8.4% in August. A huge chunk of the August job gains, however, were temporary hires in the government sector for the 2020 Census.
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