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July unemployment dips in 17 states, rises in 26

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) - The unemployment rate fell in 17 states and the District of Columbia last month, a positive sign even as the pain of joblessness remains widespread.

The Labor Department says the jobless rate fell in July in New York, Oregon, Minnesota and Virginia, among other states. It increased in 26 states including Iowa.

Only 5 states registered declines in June, when the rate rose in 38 states.

The department also says 21 states added jobs in July, compared with only 10 in the previous month.

Still, 15 states and the District of Columbia have jobless rates above 10 percent.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in July from 9.5 percent in June.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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