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      July Unemployment Up in Nebraska and Kansas

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      Unemployment rates rose in morethan half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs. This echoesnational data that shows the job market may have lost some momentum.

      The Labor Department saysunemployment rates increased in 28 states and fell in just eight. That's thefewest to show a decline since January.

      Hiring increased in 32 states in Julybut that's the fewest in the past three months.

      Nationwide hiring has been steadythis year but slowed in July. Employers added 162,000 jobs, the fewest since March.

      In Nebraska the unemployment raterose in July, up to 4.2-percent. That's slightly higher than the 4-percentreported in June.

      Nebraska Labor Department officialssay the increase is due to more people entering the workforce but finding ashortage of positions available.

      Kansas officials say the state'sunemployment rate also rose slightly in July with the jobless rate at 5.9-percent.In June the rate sat slightly lower at 5.8-percent.

      The rate increase is a result offewer people working in Kansas, at the same time there are more people in theavailable labor pool.

      Officials also note thatmanufacturing shed 1,900 jobs in July, the second straight month of declines, whichlabor officials say indicates weakness in the sector.

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