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News from EPI › Positive job growth in most states

Only Massachusetts had a significant decrease in its jobless rate in March, but 38 states and the District of Columbia gained jobs over the past 3 months. The last time more than 20 states had job growth over a 3-month period was in March, 2008 – just after the recession started, according to EPI analysis of BLS data released today. 

EPI policy analyst Kai Filion believes this job growth is a hopeful sign, but cautions: “Thus far, job growth isn’t strong enough to lower the unemployment rates of most states.”

Unemployment Rate Change

Current Recession (Since Dec 2007) compared to March 2010

Dec-07

Mar-10

Percentage Point Change

UNITED STATES

5.0%

9.7%

4.7

Alabama

3.9%

11.0%

7.1

Alaska

6.2%

8.6%

2.4

Arizona

4.3%

9.6%

5.3

Arkansas

5.0%

7.8%

2.8

California

5.8%

12.6%

6.8

Colorado

4.3%

7.9%

3.6

Connecticut

4.9%

9.2%

4.3

Delaware

3.8%

9.2%

5.4

District of Columbia

5.5%

11.6%

6.1

Florida

4.7%

12.3%

7.6

Georgia

5.1%

10.6%

5.5

Hawaii

3.0%

6.9%

3.9

Idaho

3.5%

9.4%

5.9

Illinois

5.5%

11.5%

6.0

Indiana

4.6%

9.9%

5.3

Iowa

3.9%

6.8%

2.9

Kansas

4.0%

6.5%

2.5

Kentucky

5.5%

10.7%

5.2

Louisiana

3.8%

6.9%

3.1

Maine

4.7%

8.2%

3.5

Maryland

3.5%

7.7%

4.2

Massachusetts

4.4%

9.3%

4.9

Michigan

7.1%

14.1%

7.0

Minnesota

4.7%

7.4%

2.7

Mississippi

6.1%

11.5%

5.4

Missouri

5.3%

9.5%

4.2

Montana

3.9%

7.1%

3.2

Nebraska

2.9%

5.0%

2.1

Nevada

5.2%

13.4%

8.2

New Hampshire

3.4%

7.0%

3.6

New Jersey

4.5%

9.8%

5.3

New Mexico

3.6%

8.8%

5.2

New York

4.7%

8.6%

3.9

North Carolina

4.9%

11.1%

6.2

North Dakota

3.0%

4.0%

1.0

Ohio

5.6%

11.0%

5.4

Oklahoma

3.6%

6.6%

3.0

Oregon

5.2%

10.6%

5.4

Pennsylvania

4.5%

9.0%

4.5

Rhode Island

6.0%

12.6%

6.6

South Carolina

5.6%

12.2%

6.6

South Dakota

2.8%

4.8%

2.0

Tennessee

5.5%

10.6%

5.1

Texas

4.4%

8.2%

3.8

Utah

3.1%

7.2%

4.1

Vermont

4.0%

6.5%

2.5

Virginia

3.2%

7.4%

4.2

Washington

4.6%

9.5%

4.9

West Virginia

4.0%

9.5%

5.5

Wisconsin

4.5%

8.8%

4.3

Wyoming

2.8%

7.3%

4.5


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