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Grand Forks Herald, Published August 18 2012

ND's unemployment rate drops in July

BISMARCK -- More and more people in North Dakota’s labor force are finding jobs.

The state’s unemployment rate in July was 2.9 percent, down 0.2 percentage points from June, according to Job Service North Dakota.

Of the state’s 397,586-person labor force, 11,466 are without jobs.

The state’s unemployment rate has continued to decrease from July 2011, when the unemployment rate was 3.4 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for North Dakota was 3 percent in July, up 1 percentage point from June but 0.6 percentage point lower than in July 2011.

Nationally, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.3 percent for July, down 0.1 percentage point from June. In July 2011, the national rate was 9.1 percent.