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News from EPI More of the same sluggish recovery in state unemployment and job growth in August

The State and Regional Employment report for August, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows nearly every state added jobs last month, but the unemployment rate fell in less than half of the states.

“For a full recovery, states need to not just add jobs, but also lower their unemployment rate and bring more workers in off the sidelines,” said Economic Analyst Janelle Jones. “Policymakers at the state and national level should not take their foot off the brakes until the recovery reaches working people in every state and every corner of the labor market.”

From May to August, 45 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with New Hampshire (1.4 percent), Maryland (1.2 percent), Nevada (1.2 percent), Oklahoma (1.0 percent), and Georgia (0.9 percent) making the largest percentage job gains. Over that same period, employment fell in only four states: Wyoming (-0.7 percent), Kansas (-0.4 percent), Wisconsin (-0.3 percent), and South Dakota (0.1 percent). In Connecticut and Louisiana, the number of jobs was essentially unchanged.

From May to August, unemployment fell in 21 states. Alabama (-0.7 percent), Tennessee (-0.7 percent), Texas (-0.6 percent), and Louisiana (-0.5 percent), and North Carolina (-0.4 percent) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. Over the same months, the unemployment rate increased in 26 states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment occurred in Maine (0.6 percent), Alaska (0.5 percent), Ohio (0.5 percent), Oregon (0.5 percent), and West Virginia (0.5 percent). In Massachusetts, Montana, and Virginia, there was no change in the unemployment rate.

August

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 3.6% -0.9% -2.5% -0.8% 20 1.5% 29,200 0.2% 4,500 -0.1% -1,200
Alaska 7.2% 0.2% 0.6% 0.8% 51 0.1% 300 -0.2% (800) 3.7% 11,900
Arizona 4.5% -0.6% -0.5% 0.1% 36 1.2% 31,500 0.7% 18,600 3.1% 83,000
Arkansas 3.6% 0.2% -0.4% -1.6% 19 1.9% 23,500 -0.1% (900) 4.2% 50,800
California 4.9% 0.1% -0.4% -1.1% 44 1.5% 256,800 0.4% 74,300 8.9% 1,382,500
Colorado 2.7% 0.3% -0.4% -1.4% 5 1.4% 37,800 0.3% 8,100 13.1% 308,500
Connecticut 4.5% -0.5% -0.1% -0.4% 35 0.1% 1,400 -0.6% (10,500) -1.4% -24,700
Delaware 4.8% 0.0% 0.5% 1.1% 40 0.7% 3,200 0.2% 800 3.7% 16,400
Washington D.C. 6.6% 0.2% 0.8% 0.9% 50 0.9% 7,400 -0.3% (2,700) 13.4% 93,700
Florida 3.6% -0.5% -1.3% -1.3% 18 2.3% 197,500 0.3% 25,300 9.1% 723,300
Georgia 4.3% -0.4% -1.1% -0.8% 31 2.0% 87,800 0.4% 19,700 8.1% 339,800
Hawaii 2.2% -0.5% -0.7% -1.0% 1 1.1% 7,100 0.0% (300) 4.8% 30,100
Idaho 2.9% -0.1% -0.8% -0.3% 7 2.4% 16,700 1.1% 7,700 9.6% 62,800
Illinois 4.9% 0.1% -0.9% -0.6% 43 0.3% 17,800 -0.1% (7,100) 0.9% 55,200
Indiana 3.9% 0.8% -0.3% -0.9% 26 0.9% 29,400 0.1% 3,400 4.6% 136,700
Iowa 3.0% -0.2% -0.6% -0.7% 9 0.9% 13,500 -0.1% (1,100) 4.0% 61,500
Kansas 3.6% -0.1% -0.7% -0.7% 17 -0.4% -5,200 0.4% 6,000 1.5% 20,300
Kentucky 5.0% -0.4% 0.1% -0.5% 46 1.5% 28,600 0.5% 10,400 4.9% 91,400
Louisiana 4.8% -0.5% -1.3% 0.7% 39 0.4% 8,600 -0.2% (4,100) 2.2% 42,700
Maine 3.5% -0.2% -0.4% -1.4% 15 0.8% 5,200 -0.5% (3,300) 0.1% 500
Maryland 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% 0.4% 22 2.0% 54,400 0.4% 12,100 5.9% 155,700
Massachusetts 3.7% -0.6% 0.5% -0.9% 21 1.9% 69,000 0.6% 23,100 9.8% 324,700
Michigan 4.5% 0.8% -0.5% -2.8% 34 1.0% 45,100 0.4% 18,900 3.9% 164,600
Minnesota 3.3% -0.4% -0.7% -1.4% 11 1.5% 42,600 -0.1% (3,700) 6.5% 181,300
Mississippi 4.9% -0.3% -0.8% -1.0% 42 0.6% 6,500 0.0% 100 -0.6% -6,700
Missouri 3.5% -0.3% -1.1% -1.9% 14 1.1% 30,700 -0.3% (9,400) 3.2% 88,700
Montana 3.9% 0.0% -0.1% -0.3% 25 1.2% 5,800 0.5% 2,200 6.5% 29,000
Nebraska 2.7% -0.1% -0.6% -0.3% 4 1.0% 9,800 -0.2% (2,200) 6.2% 59,800
Nevada 5.0% 0.2% -0.3% -0.1% 45 2.8% 36,600 0.5% 6,700 4.6% 59,800
New Hampshire 2.7% -0.1% -0.1% -0.8% 3 0.9% 6,300 0.0% 200 4.8% 30,900
New Jersey 4.9% 0.7% 0.1% 0.3% 41 0.7% 30,000 -0.1% (3,500) 1.0% 39,600
New Mexico 6.1% -0.2% -0.7% 2.1% 49 1.6% 13,200 1.3% 10,500 -0.6% -5,200
New York 4.8% 0.1% -0.1% -0.1% 38 1.1% 102,600 -0.3% (24,400) 8.6% 754,100
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0% -1.0% -0.9% 27 1.7% 75,200 0.6% 24,700 6.5% 271,100
North Dakota 2.5% 0.2% -0.5% -0.6% 2 0.6% 2,600 -0.7% (3,300) 21.0% 76,000
Ohio 5.1% -0.1% 0.1% -0.6% 48 1.1% 59,400 0.2% 10,900 2.5% 132,800
Oklahoma 4.4% 0.0% -0.5% 0.8% 32 1.2% 20,200 0.4% 7,100 4.1% 65,700
Oregon 4.3% 0.5% -0.4% -1.0% 30 2.5% 46,300 0.2% 3,500 8.8% 153,500
Pennsylvania 4.7% -0.3% -0.8% -0.1% 37 1.1% 65,800 0.2% 12,100 2.8% 162,300
Rhode Island 4.2% -0.1% -0.9% -1.9% 29 0.9% 4,600 -0.8% (3,900) 1.6% 8,000
South Carolina 3.9% 0.0% -0.5% -1.8% 24 2.1% 42,500 0.7% 13,800 7.9% 153,200
South Dakota 3.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.8% 13 0.1% 600 -0.2% (800) 6.5% 26,700
Tennessee 3.0% -0.4% -2.0% -2.5% 8 1.2% 34,800 0.1% 4,000 7.8% 218,800
Texas 3.9% -0.4% -0.9% -0.4% 23 2.6% 316,100 0.5% 66,500 17.4% 1,832,600
Utah 3.3% -0.2% 0.1% 0.3% 10 2.7% 39,000 0.9% 13,300 17.1% 216,500
Vermont 2.9% -0.2% -0.3% -1.3% 6 1.0% 3200 0.2% 500 2.8% 8,600
Virginia 3.6% -0.2% -0.5% 0.1% 16 0.9% 33,700 -0.1% (5,900) 5.2% 196,100
Washington 4.5% 0.0% -0.8% -0.3% 33 2.1% 68,500 0.6% 21,300 11.6% 346,300
West Virginia 5.1% 0.4% -0.8% 0.4% 47 0.4% 3200 0.2% 1,400 -1.5% -11,500
Wisconsin 3.4% 0.2% -0.8% -1.4% 12 1.4% 42,400 0.5% 15,600 3.3% 94,900
Wyoming 4.2% 0.2% -0.8% 1.4% 28 -0.5% -1,400 -0.5% (1,400) -6.4% -18,700

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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