The largest over-the-month decrease in employment nationally occurred in New Jersey, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Garden State’s 12,000-job loss last month was followed by Missouri and Illinois, which lost 7,700 and 7,100 from June to July, respectively, according to the latest job numbers.
The national unemployment rate remained at 8.3 percent in July after 44 states reported higher jobless rates. The national jobless rate remained essentially unchanged from June but dipped 0.8 percent compared with July 2011, the agency reported Friday.
The news comes a day after New Jersey Democratic leaders slammed Gov. Chris Christie after the state reached a 35-year high in unemployment.
New Jersey’s unemployment rate increased to 9.8 percent, a 0.2 percent increase from the prior month, as the state lost 12,000 jobs in July.
Nationally, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 19 states, according to the bureau, which reported the largest over-the-month increase in employment in California (+25,200), followed by Michigan (+21,800) and Virginia (+21,300).