State jobless rates mostly steady

The Federal Reserve, for instance, held back on slowing down its stimulus program, instead deciding to wait for more data on the strength of the economy.

Nevada (9.5 percent) and Illinois (9.2 percent) continued to have the top jobless rates in the country, with Rhode Island (9.1 percent) joining them in August with a rate north of 9 percent.

North Dakota (3 percent), South Dakota (3.8 percent) and Nebraska (4.2 percent) had the lowest rates in the country.

South Dakota is one of several states the GOP is targeting in their quest to take back control of the Senate in 2014.

Among other target states, North Carolina (8.9 percent to 8.7 percent) saw its rate drop. Rates in Arkansas (7.4 percent) and Louisiana (7 percent) were steady, and West Virginia’s rate (6.3 percent) ticked up slightly.