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News from EPI Nearly every state experiences job growth in June

The State and Regional Employment report for June, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mirrors positive employment trends at the national level. Unemployment fell in a majority of states, and nearly every state experienced job growth.

From March to June, 44 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with Nevada (1.2 percent), North Dakota (1.2 percent), Alaska (1.1 percent), Oregon (1.0 percent), and Nebraska (0.8 percent) making the largest percentage job gains. Over that same period, employment fell in only six states: Kansas (-0.7 percent), Montana (-0.6 percent), South Dakota (-0.6 percent), Delaware (-0.3 percent), Wyoming (-0.3 percent), and Vermont (-0.1 percent).

From March to June, the unemployment rate fell in 33 states. Tennessee (-1.5 percent), Alabama (-1.2 percent), Michigan (-1.2 percent), and Indiana (-0.9 percent) saw the largest declines in unemployment. Over those same months, the unemployment rate increased in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment occurred in Massachusetts (0.7 percent), Maine (0.5 percent), Alaska (0.4 percent), and the District of Columbia (0.4 percent). In Hawaii and Oklahoma, the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged.

Figure 1

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 4.5% -0.9% -1.3% 0.1% 33 1.6% 31,400 0.5% 10,500 -0.3% -5,300
Alaska 7.0% 0.4% 0.3% 0.6% 51 -0.3% -1,100 0.8% 2,600 3.8% 12,000
Arizona 5.1% 0.1% -0.1% 0.7% 44 1.2% 33,300 0.1% 2,700 2.5% 65,800
Arkansas 3.4% -0.1% -0.6% -1.8% 12 2.7% 32,700 1.3% 16,000 4.3% 52,400
California 4.8% 0.0% -0.6% -1.2% 38 1.7% 276,400 0.6% 104,200 8.4% 1,306,300
Colorado 2.4% 0.1% -1.0% -1.7% 2 1.7% 43,400 0.5% 13,400 12.7% 297,900
Connecticut 5.0% 0.1% -0.1% 0.1% 42 0.7% 11,600 0.6% 10,600 -0.8% -13,100
Delaware 4.8% 0.2% 0.4% 1.1% 39 0.3% 1,300 0.0% 100 3.4% 15,100
Washington D.C. 6.4% 0.5% 0.4% 0.7% 50 2.4% 18,700 1.3% 10,400 13.9% 97,000
Florida 4.1% -0.4% -0.8% -0.8% 26 2.7% 226,200 1.0% 81,900 8.9% 702,500
Georgia 4.7% -0.3% -0.6% -0.4% 35 2.2% 96,200 0.2% 10,700 7.4% 309,500
Hawaii 2.7% 0.0% -0.3% -0.5% 3 1.2% 8,100 0.6% 3,600 4.6% 28,900
Idaho 3.0% -0.4% -0.8% -0.2% 6 2.3% 15,700 0.4% 3,100 8.6% 56,500
Illinois 4.8% 0.1% -1.0% -0.7% 40 0.6% 33,200 0.3% 19,800 1.1% 63,800
Indiana 3.1% -0.5% -1.4% -1.7% 7 0.9% 27,300 0.1% 4,300 4.1% 122,000
Iowa 3.2% 0.1% -0.5% -0.5% 10 1.0% 15,900 0.7% 10,700 4.1% 63,100
Kansas 3.7% 0.0% -0.5% -0.6% 15 -0.8% -10,800 -0.6% -8,500 1.0% 14,300
Kentucky 5.3% 0.2% 0.3% -0.2% 47 1.2% 23,300 0.2% 4,400 4.6% 85,900
Louisiana 5.3% -0.5% -0.9% 1.2% 48 0.6% 11,800 0.5% 9,500 2.4% 47,200
Maine 3.7% 0.7% -0.3% -1.2% 16 1.0% 6,300 0.4% 2,500 0.6% 3,700
Maryland 4.0% -0.3% -0.3% 0.6% 24 1.9% 51,000 0.6% 15,900 5.4% 141,000
Massachusetts 4.3% 0.4% 0.7% -0.3% 29 1.3% 45,200 0.4% 12,700 9.0% 298,900
Michigan 3.7% -1.0% -1.2% -3.6% 17 1.4% 62,400 0.1% 3,400 3.5% 148,500
Minnesota 3.7% -0.1% -0.2% -1.0% 18 2.1% 60,400 0.5% 14,100 6.9% 190,100
Mississippi 5.2% 0.2% -0.7% -0.7% 45 0.5% 5,800 0.7% 8,000 -0.6% -7,200
Missouri 3.8% -0.1% -1.0% -1.6% 19 2.0% 58,200 1.2% 33,600 3.6% 100,800
Montana 3.9% 0.1% -0.2% -0.3% 22 1.1% 5,200 -0.5% -2,500 6.0% 26,600
Nebraska 2.8% -0.2% -0.4% -0.2% 4 1.2% 12,600 0.5% 4,800 6.3% 61,400
Nevada 4.8% 0.1% -0.8% -0.3% 41 2.7% 35,700 0.7% 9,100 3.9% 50,600
New Hampshire 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.7% 5 1.8% 11,900 0.2% 1,400 4.6% 30,200
New Jersey 4.2% 0.1% -0.9% -0.4% 28 1.2% 47,300 0.4% 15,600 1.1% 46,200
New Mexico 6.3% -0.4% -0.5% 2.3% 49 0.2% 2,000 -0.9% -7,800 -2.0% -17,000
New York 4.7% 0.4% -0.2% -0.2% 36 1.5% 138,100 0.7% 69,800 9.0% 785,500
North Carolina 4.1% -0.6% -0.8% -0.9% 27 1.5% 64,400 0.8% 35,300 5.9% 246,200
North Dakota 2.2% -0.5% -0.9% -0.9% 1 1.5% 6,600 1.0% 4,400 21.9% 79,400
Ohio 5.2% 0.2% 0.3% -0.5% 46 0.9% 47,500 0.5% 29,000 2.2% 120,000
Oklahoma 4.4% 0.1% -0.6% 0.8% 32 1.1% 18,200 0.9% 15,100 3.8% 60,500
Oregon 3.8% 0.1% -1.3% -1.5% 20 2.9% 53,400 0.9% 17,200 8.5% 148,500
Pennsylvania 5.0% 0.1% -0.5% 0.2% 43 1.0% 61,600 0.5% 28,100 2.4% 142,300
Rhode Island 4.3% 0.0% -1.1% -1.8% 30 1.7% 8,500 0.9% 4,400 2.3% 11,400
South Carolina 3.9% -0.4% -0.9% -1.8% 23 1.4% 29,800 0.9% 18,700 7.3% 142,700
South Dakota 3.1% 0.3% 0.2% 0.4% 8 0.4% 1,600 -0.8% -3,500 6.7% 27,200
Tennessee 3.4% -1.3% -1.4% -2.1% 13 1.7% 49,100 0.3% 9,500 7.7% 216,300
Texas 4.3% -0.7% -0.4% 0.0% 31 2.4% 293,400 0.6% 79,600 16.7% 1,764,000
Utah 3.5% 0.4% 0.1% 0.5% 14 2.5% 36,300 0.3% 4,500 16.1% 203,500
Vermont 3.1% 0.0% -0.2% -1.1% 9 0.3% 800 0.5% 1,700 2.7% 8,200
Virginia 3.8% 0.0% -0.3% 0.3% 21 1.5% 60,300 0.6% 22,300 5.3% 198,900
Washington 4.5% -0.1% -1.0% -0.3% 34 2.2% 71,300 0.3% 9,300 10.7% 321,400
West Virginia 4.7% -0.1% -1.3% 0.0% 37 0.2% 1,600 0.0% 0 -1.7% -13,100
Wisconsin 3.2% 0.0% -1.0% -1.6% 11 0.9% 26,500 -0.2% -5,500 2.7% 77,100
Wyoming 4.0% -0.3% -1.4% 1.2% 25 -1.1% -3,000 -0.9% -2,400 -5.9% -17,300

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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