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News from EPI Long-term trends show states continuing to add jobs

The State and Regional Employment report for September, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows continued job gains in most states with 15 states experiencing job losses. In 40 states, the unemployment rate either decreased or remained the same.

“Upward revisions in August’s numbers, as well as the impact of Hurricane Florence, make it especially important to take these month-over-month changes with a grain of salt,” said EPI economic analyst Jessica Schieder. “Taking a longer view, we continue to see job growth in the vast majority of states in the three-month, six-month, and year-over-year numbers, although wage growth continues to lag.”

From June to September, 40 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with Arizona (1.3 percent), Nevada (1.0 percent), Georgia (0.9 percent), New Mexico (0.9 percent), and Utah (0.9 percent) having the highest percent change in job growth. Over the last three months, the number of jobs fell in seven states, with the largest drops occurring in Vermont (-1.0 percent), South Carolina (-0.6 percent), Alaska (-0.3 percent), and North Carolina (-0.3 percent). In Kansas, Louisiana, and Illinois, the number of jobs was essentially unchanged.

From June to September, unemployment rates fell in 31 states. Alaska (-0.6 percentage points) and South Carolina (-0.5 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. The unemployment rate increased in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Colorado (0.4 percentage points), Maine (0.4 percentage points), and Wyoming (0.4 percentage points).

September

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 3.9% -0.2% 0.1% -0.4% 29 2.2% 43,600 0.9% 17,600 1.6% 32,600
Alaska 6.3% -0.2% -0.9% -0.1% 51 -0.1% -400 -0.3% -1100 2.2% 7,100
Arizona 4.8% 0.2% 0.1% 0.5% 47 3.4% 94,100 0.5% 13,900 7.8% 209,700
Arkansas 3.6% 0.1% -0.1% -1.5% 21 1.4% 17,100 0.2% 2,600 4.0% 48,700
California 4.2% 0.1% -0.3% -1.7% 38 1.7% 284,300 0.5% 87,000 11.7% 1,807,300
Colorado 3.5% 0.4% 0.5% -0.6% 20 2.8% 75,400 0.7% 19,900 17.5% 412,000
Connecticut 4.0% -0.2% -0.5% -0.9% 33 1.2% 19,900 0.3% 5,100 0.0% 200
Delaware 3.7% -0.3% -0.8% 0.0% 26 2.2% 10,200 0.6% 2,700 5.6% 24,800
Washington D.C. 5.5% -0.2% -0.4% -0.1% 50 0.3% 2300 0.1% 800 13.7% 96,200
Florida 3.3% -0.2% -0.6% -1.4% 15 2.7% 231,200 0.7% 61,700 12.1% 959,500
Georgia 3.6% -0.1% -0.9% -1.4% 22 2.5% 113,800 0.6% 27,600 10.3% 430,700
Hawaii 2.5% 0.3% 0.4% -0.6% 2 1.4% 9,500 0.3% 2,100 6.2% 38,800
Idaho 2.6% -0.1% -0.4% -0.5% 4 2.0% 14,500 0.6% 4100 13.2% 86,400
Illinois 4.3% 0.2% -0.6% -1.1% 40 1.2% 71,000 0.5% 28,400 2.8% 167,000
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 0.2% -1.1% 23 1.4% 44,500 0.7% 23,400 5.5% 166,100
Iowa 2.4% -0.1% -0.5% -1.3% 1 1.0% 15,500 0.4% 6700 4.8% 72,900
Kansas 3.3% 0.0% -0.2% -1.0% 16 1.4% 20,100 0.4% 6,400 3.2% 44,600
Kentucky 4.4% -0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 42 1.1% 21,300 0.6% 11,100 4.7% 87,300
Louisiana 4.9% -0.1% 0.2% 0.7% 48 1.1% 21,900 0.1% 2,500 2.9% 56,900
Maine 3.4% 0.1% 0.3% -1.4% 19 0.7% 4,300 -0.2% -1000 1.2% 7,400
Maryland 3.9% -0.3% -0.2% 0.6% 30 1.9% 50,900 0.6% 16,100 5.8% 151,200
Massachusetts 3.3% -0.3% -0.2% -1.3% 17 1.8% 65,800 0.4% 15,300 11.3% 375,600
Michigan 4.0% 0.0% -0.7% -3.2% 34 1.3% 55,000 0.3% 11,800 4.8% 203,400
Minnesota 2.8% 0.0% -0.5% -1.9% 7 1.1% 32,200 0.0% 1,200 7.4% 206,300
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1% -0.1% -1.1% 45 0.9% 11,000 0.4% 4,900 1.1% 12,600
Missouri 3.1% -0.1% -0.6% -2.3% 12 1.4% 39,000 0.2% 6,400 4.2% 117,300
Montana 3.7% 0.1% -0.4% -0.5% 27 1.0% 4,700 0.4% 1,800 7.8% 35,000
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.2% 8 1.2% 12,700 0.0% 500 6.8% 66,200
Nevada 4.4% -0.1% -0.5% -0.6% 43 3.9% 52,400 1.4% 19,400 9.3% 119,600
New Hampshire 2.5% -0.2% -0.1% -1.0% 3 2.7% 18,100 0.7% 5,100 7.1% 46,300
New Jersey 4.0% -0.2% -0.7% -0.5% 35 1.5% 61,900 0.3% 12,800 3.0% 124,400
New Mexico 4.7% 0.1% -1.3% 0.8% 46 2.4% 19,900 0.4% 3,100 0.8% 6,500
New York 3.9% -0.2% -0.8% -0.9% 31 1.3% 121,900 0.5% 48,100 10.6% 925,600
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2% -0.9% -1.3% 24 2.0% 87,200 0.6% 25,400 8.9% 371,700
North Dakota 2.7% 0.0% 0.1% -0.3% 5 2.1% 9,000 0.0% 200 20.2% 73,200
Ohio 4.6% 0.0% -0.3% -1.0% 44 2.1% 116,500 0.3% 14,500 4.3% 232,700
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.3% -0.9% -0.4% 13 1.5% 25,500 0.2% 3,700 6.0% 96,900
Oregon 4.1% 0.3% 0.0% -1.2% 36 1.9% 35,100 0.3% 4,900 11.2% 194,000
Pennsylvania 4.2% 0.1% -0.6% -0.5% 39 1.2% 74,800 0.4% 23,500 4.4% 256,800
Rhode Island 3.9% 0.0% -0.6% -2.1% 32 1.4% 7,100 0.5% 2400 3.5% 17,200
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0% -0.9% -2.3% 18 2.0% 41,200 1.7% 36,100 10.4% 202,200
South Dakota 2.9% -0.1% -0.5% 0.2% 10 2.0% 8,800 1.1% 4,700 9.5% 38,800
Tennessee 3.6% 0.0% 0.3% -1.8% 25 2.0% 59,100 0.3% 7,700 10.0% 281,800
Texas 3.7% -0.1% -0.3% -0.6% 28 3.2% 391,800 0.7% 90,700 20.7% 2,182,000
Utah 3.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 14 3.1% 46,400 0.8% 11,900 21.5% 271,500
Vermont 2.7% -0.2% -0.2% -1.5% 6 -0.1% -200 0.2% 600 1.6% 4,800
Virginia 2.8% -0.1% -0.8% -0.5% 9 1.9% 77,000 0.2% 6,100 6.7% 254,100
Washington 4.3% -0.1% -0.4% -0.4% 41 3.1% 104,000 0.8% 26,400 15.9% 477,600
West Virginia 5.1% -0.1% -0.3% 0.5% 49 0.6% 4,700 0.2% 1,300 -0.9% -6,900
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0% -0.2% -1.7% 11 1.6% 48,300 0.7% 19,400 4.3% 123,900
Wyoming 4.1% 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 37 2.8% 8,000 1.0% 2,800 -1.2% -3,600

Jobs refers to the total number of jobs, part-time or full-time, in nonfarm establishments.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Local Area Unemployment Statistics data

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