HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 3.9 percent in August.

Gov. Steve Bullock says payroll employment increased by 2,000 jobs in August, with retail trade and health care leading the way. The loss of self-employment and agricultural jobs led to a total employment increase of 400 jobs last month.

The national unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.4 percent in August.

Increases in prices for gasoline and housing led the Consumer Price Index to increase by 0.4 percent in August. The index for all items besides food and energy, or core inflation, increased by 0.2 percent in August.

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