Slight Rise in June Unemployment Rate

State officials say the trade, transportation and utilities sector showed the largest monthly employment gain, adding 1,800 jobs from May to June of this year.

June's statewide unemployment rate now stands at 3.2%, which is up one-tenth from May.

Kentucky's manufacturing sector lost 1,600 jobs last month.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, in Denver Friday to address the American Legislative Exchange Council, said employers are struggling to fill 6 million open jobs, and emphasized worker training programs.

Iowa saw a slight uptick in unemployment last month. Past year in June, the rate was 3.9 percent. That is the lowest count in Colorado since January 2001, when about 600,000 fewer people were in the state's labor force, said Ryan Gedney, a senior economist with the department.

Between May and June, San Diego added 3,100 jobs in bars and restaurants, while the arts, entertainment, and recreation category grew by 1,500 positions.

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The June 2017 rate also was down three-tenths of a percentage point from the June 2016 figure, 4 percent. Gedney speculates the department's numbers for mining and logging employment are likely being underestimated. Nationally, the unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point in June to 4.4 percent. Alaska had the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 6.8 percent, Gedney said. Most of the growth was in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and government, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

"You certainly need to have increases in the labor force before you're going to see any real growth", Gough said.

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