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Montana unemployment rate steady at 5.3 percent

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August held steady at 5.3 percent.

Department of Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says Montana had 3,200 more jobs than in August 2012, when the state unemployment rate was 6 percent.

Total employment estimates, which include payroll employment and the self-employed, slipped by 650 jobs in August, but it was matched by a 720-person decline in the labor force, keeping the unemployment rate steady.

The national unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage points to 7.3 percent in August.