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News from EPI Majority of states added jobs in November, but economy is not at full employment yet

The State and Regional Employment report for November, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows state economies continuing on their slow march to a full recovery. A majority of states added jobs while 19 states saw either an increases or no change in their unemployment rates.

From August to November, 36 states added jobs, with Idaho (1.0 percent), Utah (1.0 percent), California (0.9 percent), Texas (0.9 percent), and South Carolina (0.8 percent) making the largest percentage gains. Over that same period, employment fell in 14 states and the District of Columbia, down from 18 states in last month’s report. The largest job losses occurred in Alaska (-1.4 percent), North Dakota (-1.2 percent), Wyoming (-1.0 percent), Connecticut (-0.6 percent), and Delaware (-0.6 percent).

From August to November, unemployment rates fell in 31 states. Kentucky (-0.8 percentage points), Alabama (-0.7 percentage points), Arizona (-0.7 percentage points), Minnesota (-0.7 percentage points), and Ohio (-0.6 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment. Over the same months, the unemployment rate increased in 13 states. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Michigan (0.7 percentage points), New Jersey (0.6 percentage points), and Colorado (0.5 percentage points). In six states and the District of Columbia there was no change in the unemployment: Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

“While the national unemployment rate is trending in a good direction, today’s data shows that many states are still experiencing higher unemployment than we’d expect this far along in the recovery, “ said Janelle Jones, EPI Economic Analyst. “In order to help working people succeed across the country, policymakers should prioritize a full employment agenda.”

November

Current state unemployment rate and percent change in total number of jobs over last 12 months

State Current unemployment rate Change in unemployment rate in last 3 months Change in unemployment rate in last 12 months Change in unemployment rate since Dec. 2007 State unemployment rate ranking from lowest to highest Percent change in number of jobs in last 12 months Change in number of jobs in last 12 months Percent change in number of jobs in last 3 months Change in number of jobs in last 3 months Percent change in number of jobs since Dec. 2007 Change in number of jobs since Dec. 2007
Alabama 3.5% -0.7% -2.7% -0.9% 17 1.7% 33,400 0.6% 11,600 0.2% 3,500
Alaska 7.2% 0.0% 0.6% 0.8% 51 -0.8% -2500 -1.4% -4600 2.6% 8,400
Arizona 4.3% -0.7% -0.7% -0.1% 33 1.5% 41,300 0.5% 14,900 3.4% 90,000
Arkansas 3.7% 0.2% -0.3% -1.5% 22 1.7% 20,600 0.0% 600 3.9% 46,700
California 4.6% -0.5% -0.7% -1.4% 38 1.7% 288,300 0.9% 143,100 9.3% 1,443,600
Colorado 2.9% 0.5% -0.1% -1.2% 8 1.7% 45,300 0.4% 11,100 13.3% 312,800
Connecticut 4.6% -0.2% 0.1% -0.3% 37 0.0% -700 -0.6% -9,400 -1.6% -27,800
Delaware 4.7% -0.2% 0.4% 1.0% 42 0.1% 300 -0.6% -2800 3.0% 13,400
Washington D.C. 6.4% 0.0% 0.6% 0.7% 50 1.0% 7,900 0.0% -200 13.4% 93,700
Florida 3.6% -0.4% -1.3% -1.3% 19 2.3% 195,000 0.3% 29,900 9.4% 744,600
Georgia 4.3% -0.4% -1.2% -0.8% 32 1.9% 85,200 0.3% 15,600 8.2% 343,000
Hawaii 2.0% -0.6% -0.9% -1.2% 1 0.8% 4,900 0.1% 700 4.6% 28,700
Idaho 2.9% 0.0% -0.8% -0.3% 7 2.3% 16,200 1.0% 7,000 9.9% 64,800
Illinois 4.9% -0.1% -0.9% -0.6% 45 0.4% 25,900 0.0% 300 1.0% 60,000
Indiana 3.7% 0.2% -0.4% -1.1% 21 0.7% 21,000 0.2% 6,600 4.5% 136,000
Iowa 2.9% -0.4% -0.6% -0.8% 6 1.4% 22,700 0.1% 2,300 4.4% 67,700
Kansas 3.5% -0.4% -0.8% -0.8% 16 0.2% 2,900 0.4% 6,100 1.8% 24,800
Kentucky 4.7% -0.8% -0.2% -0.8% 41 1.3% 25,600 0.3% 6,000 5.1% 95,000
Louisiana 4.7% -0.5% -1.3% 0.6% 40 0.5% 8,900 -0.4% -8,300 2.1% 39,900
Maine 3.3% -0.5% -0.5% -1.6% 13 0.3% 2,100 -0.4% -2,700 -0.2% -1500
Maryland 3.9% 0.0% -0.3% 0.5% 24 2.2% 60,700 0.2% 4,400 6.2% 162,400
Massachusetts 3.6% -0.6% 0.5% -1.0% 18 1.8% 65,200 0.6% 20,200 9.9% 329,800
Michigan 4.6% 0.7% -0.5% -2.7% 36 1.1% 46,300 0.5% 21,400 4.0% 168,900
Minnesota 3.1% -0.7% -0.9% -1.6% 10 1.1% 33,500 0.0% 200 6.5% 179,400
Mississippi 4.8% -0.5% -0.8% -1.1% 44 1.1% 12,200 0.6% 6900 -0.1% -1,300
Missouri 3.4% -0.5% -1.1% -2.0% 14 1.1% 30,200 -0.2% -5,000 3.3% 92,100
Montana 4.0% 0.1% 0.0% -0.2% 26 0.8% 3,900 0.3% 1,400 6.6% 29,600
Nebraska 2.7% -0.1% -0.6% -0.3% 4 1.0% 10,100 0.4% 4,100 6.6% 64,300
Nevada 5.0% 0.1% -0.2% -0.1% 46 2.7% 35,100 0.5% 6,100 4.8% 61,800
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.0% -0.1% -0.8% 3 1.3% 8,700 -0.1% -800 5.1% 33,300
New Jersey 5.1% 0.6% 0.3% 0.5% 47 1.0% 41,900 0.2% 6,200 1.2% 50,600
New Mexico 6.1% -0.2% -0.6% 2.1% 49 1.2% 10,200 0.7% 6,000 -0.4% -3,600
New York 4.7% -0.1% -0.2% -0.2% 39 1.2% 116,800 0.0% -1,100 8.9% 783,300
North Carolina 4.3% 0.2% -0.9% -0.7% 31 1.6% 71,500 0.6% 26,500 6.7% 278,300
North Dakota 2.6% 0.3% -0.4% -0.5% 2 0.4% 1,600 -1.2% -5,200 20.4% 73,800
Ohio 4.8% -0.6% -0.2% -0.9% 43 0.7% 38,600 -0.1% -6,700 2.2% 121,700
Oklahoma 4.2% -0.3% -0.7% 0.6% 28 1.2% 19,100 0.0% -500 3.8% 61,800
Oregon 4.2% 0.1% -0.4% -1.1% 27 2.0% 36,300 0.3% 5,000 8.5% 148,000
Pennsylvania 4.6% -0.3% -0.9% -0.2% 35 1.1% 62,600 0.3% 15,900 2.8% 164,500
Rhode Island 4.3% 0.0% -0.7% -1.8% 30 1.1% 5,500 -0.2% -1,100 2.0% 9,900
South Carolina 4.0% 0.0% -0.3% -1.7% 25 2.2% 44,800 0.8% 17,700 8.4% 164,300
South Dakota 3.5% 0.2% 0.6% 0.8% 15 0.2% 1000 0.1% 400 6.9% 28,100
Tennessee 3.1% -0.2% -2.0% -2.4% 9 1.2% 36,200 0.0% 1,000 7.9% 222,200
Texas 3.8% -0.4% -1.0% -0.5% 23 2.7% 330,600 0.9% 116,800 17.8% 1,882,900
Utah 3.2% -0.3% 0.0% 0.2% 12 2.8% 41,200 1.0% 15,200 17.6% 222,300
Vermont 2.9% -0.1% -0.3% -1.3% 5 1.6% 5000 0.3% 1100 2.9% 9,100
Virginia 3.7% -0.1% -0.4% 0.2% 20 0.9% 33,700 -0.3% -11,500 5.0% 189,500
Washington 4.5% -0.1% -0.7% -0.3% 34 2.1% 69,100 0.8% 27,400 11.9% 355,500
West Virginia 5.3% 0.3% -0.5% 0.6% 48 -0.8% -6300 0.3% 2,200 -1.6% -12,100
Wisconsin 3.2% -0.2% -0.9% -1.6% 11 1.4% 40,600 0.8% 24,600 3.4% 96,800
Wyoming 4.3% 0.3% -0.6% 1.5% 29 -0.6% -1,700 -1.0% -2,800 -6.6% -19,400

Jobs refers to the total number of jobs, part-time or full-time, in non-farm establishments.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Local Area Unemployment Statistics data

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