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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 3.8% -0.8% -2.2% -0.6% 22 1.5% 29,900 0.0% -700 -0.2% -4,300
Alaska 7.2% 0.4% 0.6% 0.8% 51 0.2% 700 -0.5% -1,800 3.6% 11,600
Arizona 4.7% -0.4% -0.4% 0.3% 37 1.3% 34,700 0.5% 14,400 3.2% 86,000
Arkansas 3.5% 0.1% -0.5% -1.7% 13 2.0% 24,400 0.1% 900 3.9% 47,200
California 5.1% 0.4% -0.2% -0.9% 45 1.7% 280,300 0.8% 129,000 8.7% 1,352,700
Colorado 2.5% 0.2% -0.7% -1.6% 3 1.6% 41,300 0.4% 11,400 13.0% 305,700
Connecticut 4.6% -0.4% -0.2% -0.3% 35 0.2% 3,500 -0.5% -7900 -1.2% -20,400
Delaware 4.9% 0.2% 0.6% 1.2% 41 0.6% 2,800 0.5% 2300 3.7% 16,300
Washington D.C. 6.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.8% 50 0.9% 6,900 -0.3% -2,100 12.9% 90,200
Florida 3.8% -0.3% -1.1% -1.1% 21 0.7% 62,400 -1.0% -82,500 7.4% 587,300
Georgia 4.5% -0.3% -0.9% -0.6% 33 1.9% 84,100 0.1% 3,300 7.8% 326,900
Hawaii 2.5% -0.3% -0.5% -0.7% 2 1.2% 8,100 0.7% 4,600 5.0% 31,100
Idaho 2.8% -0.3% -1.0% -0.4% 6 2.1% 15,000 0.9% 6,200 8.9% 58,400
Illinois 5.0% 0.3% -0.8% -0.5% 42 0.1% 3,700 -0.2% -12,800 0.8% 48,900
Indiana 3.8% 0.8% -0.5% -1.0% 20 1.0% 32,500 0.5% 16,000 4.7% 140,800
Iowa 3.2% 0.0% -0.4% -0.5% 9 0.9% 14,200 0.0% -100 4.0% 61,400
Kansas 3.8% 0.1% -0.5% -0.5% 19 -0.4% -5,100 0.8% 10,700 1.7% 23,700
Kentucky 5.2% 0.1% 0.2% -0.3% 47 1.6% 30,200 0.7% 13,900 5.0% 92,100
Louisiana 5.1% -0.3% -1.0% 1.0% 44 0.7% 14,700 -0.4% -7700 2.3% 45,400
Maine 3.7% 0.2% -0.3% -1.2% 16 0.6% 3,400 -0.3% -2100 0.1% 500
Maryland 3.8% -0.3% -0.4% 0.4% 18 2.4% 64,100 0.7% 20,200 6.1% 160,400
Massachusetts 3.9% -0.4% 0.6% -0.7% 25 1.7% 62,300 0.5% 19,800 9.6% 318,900
Michigan 4.3% 0.5% -0.7% -3.0% 31 1.4% 62,000 0.4% 16,700 3.7% 157,400
Minnesota 3.7% 0.0% -0.3% -1.0% 15 1.8% 52,200 0.1% 3,200 6.7% 185,600
Mississippi 5.2% 0.2% -0.5% -0.7% 46 0.6% 6,500 0.2% 2,200 -0.6% -6,800
Missouri 3.8% 0.0% -0.9% -1.6% 17 1.3% 38,300 0.0% -100 3.1% 86,600
Montana 3.9% 0.0% -0.2% -0.3% 24 1.2% 5,800 0.2% 800 6.3% 28,100
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.5% -0.2% 5 1.5% 15,400 0.3% 3,400 6.8% 65,600
Nevada 4.9% 0.2% -0.5% -0.2% 40 2.5% 32,300 0.8% 10,600 4.3% 55,900
New Hampshire 2.7% -0.2% -0.1% -0.8% 4 1.3% 8,900 0.3% 2,000 4.5% 29,200
New Jersey 4.7% 0.6% -0.2% 0.1% 36 0.7% 28,500 0.0% 1,700 0.9% 38,100
New Mexico 6.2% -0.2% -0.6% 2.2% 49 1.0% 7,900 0.5% 4,200 -1.3% -10,700
New York 4.9% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 39 1.0% 93,100 -0.1% -13,600 8.6% 750,300
North Carolina 4.1% -0.1% -1.0% -0.9% 28 1.4% 61,400 0.4% 16,900 6.1% 254,300
North Dakota 2.4% 0.1% -0.7% -0.7% 1 1.4% 5,900 0.1% 500 21.6% 78,100
Ohio 5.3% 0.3% 0.3% -0.4% 48 1.1% 61,600 0.4% 20,500 2.6% 138,900
Oklahoma 4.5% 0.2% -0.5% 0.9% 32 1.1% 17,700 0.6% 9,400 3.7% 59,700
Oregon 4.2% 0.5% -0.7% -1.1% 30 1.9% 34,900 -0.2% -3,400 8.0% 139,200
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.2% -0.7% 0.0% 38 1.1% 66,600 0.8% 45,600 2.7% 158,900
Rhode Island 4.2% 0.0% -1.1% -1.9% 29 0.9% 4,500 -0.2% -1,000 1.5% 7,300
South Carolina 3.9% 0.0% -0.6% -1.8% 23 1.4% 28,100 0.3% 7,100 7.3% 142,100
South Dakota 3.4% 0.4% 0.5% 0.7% 11 0.7% 3,200 0.3% 1100 7.1% 28,800
Tennessee 3.0% -0.6% -1.9% -2.5% 8 1.5% 44,200 0.3% 10,400 7.9% 222,000
Texas 4.0% -0.6% -0.7% -0.3% 27 2.1% 256,100 0.1% 14,400 16.7% 1,758,800
Utah 3.4% 0.0% 0.1% 0.4% 10 2.5% 36,400 0.5% 6,800 16.6% 210,500
Vermont 2.9% -0.3% -0.3% -1.3% 7 1.0% 3300 0.8% 2,600 2.9% 9,100
Virginia 3.7% 0.0% -0.4% 0.2% 14 1.1% 42,400 0.1% 3,500 5.1% 194,100
Washington 4.6% 0.1% -0.7% -0.2% 34 2.2% 71,300 0.7% 22,100 11.4% 341,900
West Virginia 5.1% 0.5% -0.8% 0.4% 43 0.4% 3000 0.0% 100 -1.8% -13,400
Wisconsin 3.5% 0.4% -0.7% -1.3% 12 1.2% 34,600 0.2% 7,300 2.8% 80,800
Wyoming 4.0% 0.1% -1.1% 1.2% 26 -1.1% -3,100 -0.6% -1,800 -6.5% -19,100

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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