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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 3.8% 0.0% -0.3% -0.5% 19 1.7% 34000 0.4% 8000 1.9% 38000
Alaska 6.5% 0.0% -0.2% 0.1% 1 1.6% 5100 0.5% 1600 4.1% 13100
Arizona 4.9% -0.2% 0.1% 0.6% 4 2.8% 78000 0.5% 15800 8.7% 234100
Arkansas 3.6% -0.1% -0.1% -1.5% 26 1.1% 13400 0.1% 1300 5.5% 66700
California 4.3% 0.1% 0.0% -1.6% 10 1.6% 271600 0.6% 95400 12.4% 1922300
Colorado 3.4% -0.3% 0.4% -0.7% 31 1.8% 49100 0.6% 16300 17.7% 415400
Connecticut 3.8% 0.0% -0.5% -1.1% 20 0.7% 11600 0.1% 1000 -0.8% -14100
Delaware 3.2% -0.3% -0.7% -0.5% 38 0.9% 4000 0.0% 100 5.4% 23800
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.2% -0.1% 0.0% 2 0.5% 3900 0.1% 1000 13.8% 96700
Florida 3.4% 0.0% -0.3% -1.3% 32 2.4% 206100 0.5% 46300 12.8% 1012100
Georgia 3.8% 0.0% -0.3% -1.2% 21 1.5% 69700 -0.2% -10300 10.0% 415700
Hawaii 2.8% 0.1% 0.5% -0.3% 44 0.6% 3800 0.3% 1800 5.1% 32000
Idaho 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.3% 45 2.5% 18700 0.7% 5600 14.6% 96000
Illinois 4.4% 0.1% 0.1% -1.0% 9 1.4% 83500 0.1% 4000 3.3% 197100
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 0.2% -1.1% 27 1.2% 38700 0.0% 1400 6.0% 181000
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.3% 48 0.7% 10900 -0.3% -4200 4.2% 63900
Kansas 3.5% 0.1% 0.1% -0.8% 30 0.9% 12400 0.1% 1800 2.7% 37300
Kentucky 4.0% -0.2% -0.4% -1.4% 14 1.0% 19500 0.1% 2800 5.0% 93300
Louisiana 4.5% -0.4% -0.4% 0.3% 8 0.1% 1100 0.0% -800 2.3% 45400
Maine 3.3% -0.2% 0.0% -1.5% 34 0.5% 3200 0.0% 200 1.9% 11700
Maryland 3.8% 0.1% -0.3% 0.5% 22 0.7% 19300 -0.1% -2200 5.6% 145700
Massachusetts 2.9% -0.2% -0.6% -1.7% 40 1.0% 37100 0.3% 12200 10.8% 356700
Michigan 4.1% 0.1% -0.2% -3.1% 13 0.8% 37300 0.1% 4000 4.7% 200200
Minnesota 3.3% 0.3% 0.3% -1.4% 35 0.8% 22800 -0.1% -2700 6.9% 192000
Mississippi 4.9% 0.2% 0.1% -0.9% 5 1.0% 11200 0.2% 2900 0.4% 4100
Missouri 3.3% 0.1% 0.0% -2.1% 36 1.0% 30000 0.5% 13800 3.7% 103700
Montana 3.6% -0.2% -0.1% -0.6% 28 0.8% 3900 -0.2% -1000 7.4% 33100
Nebraska 2.9% 0.1% 0.1% -0.1% 41 0.3% 3200 -0.3% -2900 5.9% 56800
Nevada 4.0% -0.4% -0.6% -1.0% 15 3.6% 49600 0.4% 6100 10.3% 132800
New Hampshire 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.1% 49 1.5% 9900 0.4% 3000 6.1% 39700
New Jersey 3.9% -0.1% -0.4% -0.6% 17 1.4% 56300 0.3% 13000 3.2% 129600
New Mexico 5.0% -0.1% 0.1% 1.1% 3 1.6% 13100 0.5% 4400 0.4% 3700
New York 3.9% 0.0% -0.4% -0.9% 18 1.4% 135200 0.6% 56500 11.7% 1022800
North Carolina 4.0% 0.2% 0.0% -0.9% 16 1.6% 69800 0.5% 23000 9.3% 389100
North Dakota 2.3% -0.2% -0.3% -0.7% 50 0.7% 2900 -0.2% -1000 20.0% 72300
Ohio 4.3% -0.4% -0.3% -1.3% 11 0.8% 44400 -0.1% -5700 3.3% 178600
Oklahoma 3.3% 0.1% -0.3% -0.3% 37 1.0% 17000 0.3% 5200 5.8% 92300
Oregon 4.3% 0.0% 0.2% -1.0% 12 2.0% 38300 0.4% 8600 11.7% 204000
Pennsylvania 3.8% -0.3% -0.5% -0.9% 23 1.0% 58300 0.3% 18100 4.2% 244700
Rhode Island 3.7% -0.3% -0.4% -2.3% 24 1.0% 5000 1.0% 5100 2.6% 12700
South Carolina 3.4% 0.2% -0.1% -2.2% 33 2.0% 42300 0.3% 6200 11.8% 229500
South Dakota 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% 0.1% 46 2.6% 11200 -0.4% -1700 9.3% 37900
Tennessee 3.2% -0.1% -0.4% -2.2% 39 1.7% 51600 0.0% 400 10.4% 292800
Texas 3.7% -0.1% -0.3% -0.6% 25 2.4% 294200 0.7% 82900 20.4% 2158800
Utah 2.9% -0.2% -0.2% 0.0% 42 3.0% 45600 0.4% 5600 22.6% 286100
Vermont 2.2% -0.3% -0.5% -2.0% 51 1.3% 4100 1.0% 3000 3.2% 9800
Virginia 2.9% 0.1% -0.2% -0.4% 43 1.1% 43100 0.3% 12100 6.9% 261500
Washington 4.7% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 7 2.7% 91500 0.8% 26800 16.2% 484100
West Virginia 4.9% -0.3% -0.5% 0.3% 6 1.8% 13200 -0.2% -1400 0.8% 5900
Wisconsin 2.8% -0.2% -0.2% -1.9% 47 0.5% 15100 -0.4% -10900 3.5% 100000
Wyoming 3.6% -0.4% -0.4% 0.8% 29 1.4% 4100 0.0% -100 -2.0% -5800

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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