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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 3.5% -0.3% -2.8% -0.9% 19 1.7% 34,100 0.3% 5,600 0.2% 4,400
Alaska 7.3% 0.1% 0.7% 0.9% 51 -0.7% -2200 -1.2% -3900 2.6% 8,200
Arizona 4.5% -0.2% -0.5% 0.1% 36 1.3% 35,000 0.1% 3,300 3.4% 90,900
Arkansas 3.7% 0.2% -0.2% -1.5% 22 0.9% 11,300 -0.5% -6500 3.4% 41,200
California 4.3% -0.8% -0.9% -1.7% 30 2.1% 342,500 0.9% 151,800 9.7% 1,502,600
Colorado 3.1% 0.6% 0.1% -1.0% 12 2.0% 53,200 0.5% 13,900 13.7% 321,000
Connecticut 4.6% 0.0% 0.2% -0.3% 41 0.5% 7700 -0.1% -2,000 -1.2% -20,100
Delaware 4.6% -0.3% 0.3% 0.9% 40 -0.1% -600 -0.7% -3300 3.0% 13,100
Washington D.C. 6.0% -0.5% 0.3% 0.3% 50 1.0% 8,000 0.2% 1500 13.6% 95,500
Florida 3.7% -0.1% -1.2% -1.2% 21 2.5% 213,500 2.1% 176,100 9.8% 774,100
Georgia 4.4% 0.0% -1.1% -0.7% 33 1.9% 83,200 0.5% 24,600 8.4% 348,600
Hawaii 2.0% -0.5% -0.9% -1.2% 1 1.1% 7,200 0.1% 700 5.0% 31,300
Idaho 2.9% 0.1% -0.7% -0.3% 7 2.1% 14,700 0.9% 6,800 10.1% 66,000
Illinois 4.8% -0.2% -0.9% -0.7% 45 0.5% 29,600 0.2% 13900 1.1% 65,700
Indiana 3.4% -0.4% -0.6% -1.4% 15 0.9% 27,600 0.2% 7,100 4.8% 142,900
Iowa 2.8% -0.4% -0.7% -0.9% 6 1.8% 28,300 0.8% 13,400 4.9% 74,900
Kansas 3.4% -0.4% -0.9% -0.9% 14 0.4% 6,300 0.6% 8,000 2.2% 30,000
Kentucky 4.4% -0.8% -0.4% -1.1% 32 1.1% 21,200 0.1% 1,200 5.1% 94,500
Louisiana 4.6% -0.5% -1.4% 0.5% 39 0.3% 5,500 -0.3% -6,000 2.0% 39,500
Maine 3.0% -0.7% -0.8% -1.9% 9 0.8% 5,000 0.2% 1,200 0.3% 1900
Maryland 4.0% 0.2% -0.2% 0.6% 24 1.1% 31,400 -0.7% -19,500 5.4% 141,700
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.4% 0.4% -1.1% 18 1.8% 63,000 0.3% 10,700 10.0% 330,600
Michigan 4.7% 0.4% -0.4% -2.6% 44 1.3% 57,100 0.4% 19,000 4.3% 180,600
Minnesota 3.1% -0.6% -0.9% -1.6% 11 1.3% 37,300 0.1% 3200 6.8% 189,000
Mississippi 4.6% -0.6% -0.9% -1.3% 38 1.6% 17,800 1.0% 11300 0.2% 2,500
Missouri 3.5% -0.3% -0.9% -1.9% 17 0.8% 22,800 0.2% 4,500 3.3% 92,200
Montana 4.1% 0.2% 0.1% -0.1% 28 1.8% 8,300 1.2% 5,900 7.5% 33,600
Nebraska 2.7% -0.1% -0.6% -0.3% 4 1.1% 10,900 -0.1% -1,200 6.7% 65,200
Nevada 5.0% 0.1% -0.1% -0.1% 47 3.3% 43,800 1.2% 16,000 5.6% 73,000
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1% -0.1% -0.9% 3 0.8% 5,300 0.1% 800 4.5% 29,200
New Jersey 5.0% 0.3% 0.3% 0.4% 46 0.6% 22,900 0.1% 2,600 1.0% 40,500
New Mexico 6.0% -0.2% -0.7% 2.0% 49 1.2% 10,400 0.5% 4,200 -0.3% -2,400
New York 4.6% -0.3% -0.2% -0.3% 37 1.0% 98,300 0.2% 18,600 9.0% 787,300
North Carolina 4.5% 0.4% -0.7% -0.5% 35 1.7% 75,000 0.7% 29,800 6.9% 289,500
North Dakota 2.6% 0.2% -0.4% -0.5% 2 0.4% 1,800 -1.0% -4,600 20.3% 73,600
Ohio 4.7% -0.6% -0.3% -1.0% 43 0.7% 38,500 -0.1% -4,400 2.3% 124,100
Oklahoma 4.1% -0.4% -0.7% 0.5% 27 1.2% 20,400 0.2% 2600 4.0% 64,100
Oregon 4.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.2% 26 2.7% 49,300 1.2% 22,300 9.4% 164,200
Pennsylvania 4.7% -0.1% -0.7% -0.1% 42 1.3% 78,400 0.3% 16,600 3.2% 183,200
Rhode Island 4.4% 0.2% -0.5% -1.7% 31 1.2% 6,000 0.3% 1,300 1.9% 9,500
South Carolina 4.1% 0.2% -0.2% -1.6% 25 2.2% 46,500 1.2% 24,800 8.6% 167,900
South Dakota 3.5% 0.1% 0.6% 0.8% 16 0.9% 4000 0.5% 2100 7.6% 31,200
Tennessee 3.2% 0.2% -1.9% -2.3% 13 1.0% 28,700 -0.1% -2,900 7.8% 218,200
Texas 3.9% -0.1% -0.9% -0.4% 23 2.5% 306,900 1.0% 121,300 17.8% 1,882,400
Utah 3.1% -0.3% -0.1% 0.1% 10 2.6% 37,900 0.5% 7,400 17.6% 222,100
Vermont 2.8% -0.1% -0.4% -1.4% 5 0.8% 2500 -0.4% -1200 2.6% 7,900
Virginia 3.7% 0.0% -0.4% 0.2% 20 0.8% 30,200 -0.3% -12,400 5.0% 189,500
Washington 4.5% -0.1% -0.6% -0.3% 34 2.1% 68,500 0.7% 23,500 12.1% 362,900
West Virginia 5.5% 0.4% -0.3% 0.8% 48 0.2% 1300 0.2% 1,200 -1.6% -12,100
Wisconsin 3.0% -0.5% -1.1% -1.8% 8 1.4% 40,200 0.4% 12,500 3.4% 96,900
Wyoming 4.2% 0.2% -0.6% 1.4% 29 0.4% 1,100 0.9% 2,400 -5.6% -16,400

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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