The state Department of Labor reports the figure at 3.1 percent, which is 0.1 percent higher than both the June 2016 and July 2015 rates.
“Total nonfarm employment for July was the highest July on record. A number of industries saw strong year-to-year growth, including leisure and hospitality and education and health services,” Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin said in a news release. “July also saw employment levels reach new highs in mining and construction, financial activities, and professional and business services.”
Nonfarm employment grew by 12,705 over the year. Private industries with the most growth year over year were leisure and hospitality (up 5,562), education and health services (up 4,288), and professional and business services (up 2,578).
The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 4.9 percent, unchanged from June and down 0.4 percentage points from the July 2015 rate of 5.3 percent.