NM jobless rate hits 8.3 percent in August

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent in July.

New Mexico's jobless rate was 7.6 percent in August 2009.

State labor officials say New Mexico has lost 9,900 jobs since then.

The national unemployment rate in August was 9.6 percent.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions says more industries in the state are losing jobs than gaining them.

The agency says education and health services added 3,900 jobs since August 2009, while the leisure and hospitality industry gained 2,300 jobs and manufacturing increased by 1,000 jobs.

But nine other sectors report fewer jobs than they had in August 2009.