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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 4.1% 0.0% 0.3% -0.2% 33 1.7% 33,600 0.6% 13,100 1.0% 20,900
Alaska 6.4% -0.5% -0.8% 0.0% 51 0.1% 400 1.0% 3200 3.3% 10,500
Arizona 4.7% 0.1% 0.0% 0.4% 46 3.1% 86,700 1.3% 37,300 7.5% 200,800
Arkansas 3.5% -0.2% -0.2% -1.6% 20 0.7% 8,400 0.2% 2500 3.7% 44,900
California 4.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.8% 34 1.8% 308,700 0.5% 89,500 11.3% 1,756,700
Colorado 3.2% 0.4% 0.2% -0.9% 13 2.7% 72,000 0.3% 8,100 16.9% 396,900
Connecticut 4.2% -0.2% -0.3% -0.7% 39 1.3% 22300 0.2% 3,400 -0.2% -3,400
Delaware 3.9% 0.0% -0.6% 0.2% 30 1.1% 4900 0.4% 1800 5.2% 22,800
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% -0.3% 0.0% 50 0.2% 1,900 -0.1% -700 13.7% 95,800
Florida 3.4% -0.3% -0.5% -1.3% 17 2.7% 232,600 0.5% 45,600 11.5% 915,600
Georgia 3.6% -0.3% -0.9% -1.4% 23 2.1% 93,600 0.8% 34,600 9.7% 405,500
Hawaii 2.3% 0.2% 0.2% -0.8% 1 1.7% 10,900 0.0% 200 5.9% 37,000
Idaho 2.7% -0.2% -0.3% -0.4% 4 2.1% 15,300 -0.3% -1900 12.6% 82,900
Illinois 4.2% 0.0% -0.7% -1.2% 40 1.0% 59,300 0.1% 8900 2.5% 148,900
Indiana 3.5% 0.1% 0.0% -1.2% 21 0.8% 25,400 0.3% 9,000 4.9% 146,100
Iowa 2.4% -0.2% -0.5% -1.3% 2 1.4% 21,800 0.3% 4300 4.6% 70,100
Kansas 3.3% -0.1% -0.2% -1.0% 15 1.4% 19,500 -0.1% -1300 2.8% 38,600
Kentucky 4.5% 0.2% -0.1% -0.9% 43 0.5% 10,400 0.0% -600 4.0% 74,000
Louisiana 5.0% 0.1% 0.3% 0.8% 48 1.0% 19400 0.2% 3500 2.8% 54,400
Maine 3.4% 0.4% 0.2% -1.4% 18 1.3% 7900 0.1% 500 1.4% 8400
Maryland 4.1% -0.2% 0.1% 0.8% 35 1.4% 38,500 0.6% 16500 5.6% 145,800
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1% 0.0% -1.1% 22 1.8% 64,400 0.1% 4,500 11.0% 364,700
Michigan 3.9% -0.4% -0.8% -3.3% 31 1.4% 61,800 0.3% 12,400 4.6% 195,100
Minnesota 2.8% -0.2% -0.5% -1.9% 5 1.2% 35,600 0.0% 1400 7.5% 208,500
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1% -0.1% -1.1% 47 1.2% 13,800 0.3% 3400 0.7% 8,500
Missouri 3.1% -0.3% -0.5% -2.3% 12 1.6% 44,600 0.4% 12,500 4.1% 114,900
Montana 3.7% 0.0% -0.4% -0.5% 25 1.5% 7,100 0.4% 1800 7.5% 33,700
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 6 1.6% 16,100 0.0% -300 6.7% 64,600
Nevada 4.4% -0.2% -0.5% -0.6% 42 3.4% 45,800 0.7% 9,700 8.1% 105,300
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1% 0.0% -0.9% 3 2.3% 15,300 1.0% 6600 6.9% 45,100
New Jersey 4.1% -0.1% -0.6% -0.4% 36 1.7% 68,500 0.5% 19,200 3.2% 129,000
New Mexico 4.6% -0.1% -1.4% 0.7% 44 2.7% 22,300 1.4% 11,400 0.7% 6,000
New York 4.0% -0.3% -0.7% -0.8% 32 1.3% 122,800 0.5% 46,400 10.3% 899,500
North Carolina 3.6% -0.5% -0.9% -1.3% 24 2.3% 103,500 0.3% 12,900 9.0% 374,200
North Dakota 2.8% 0.2% 0.2% -0.2% 7 1.2% 5100 0.2% 800 20.1% 72,900
Ohio 4.6% 0.0% -0.3% -1.0% 45 2.1% 115,400 0.6% 35,400 4.2% 229,100
Oklahoma 3.4% -0.4% -0.7% -0.2% 19 1.4% 23,200 0.3% 4700 5.8% 92,600
Oregon 3.8% -0.1% -0.4% -1.5% 28 2.5% 46,500 0.6% 11,700 11.1% 193,700
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1% -0.7% -0.6% 37 1.5% 92,300 0.7% 40,000 4.3% 251,800
Rhode Island 3.8% -0.3% -0.7% -2.2% 29 1.3% 6,300 -0.2% -1200 3.1% 15,300
South Carolina 3.3% -0.3% -0.9% -2.3% 16 1.8% 37,800 0.4% 7900 9.5% 185,100
South Dakota 3.0% -0.1% -0.4% 0.3% 10 1.7% 7300 0.9% 4000 8.7% 35,600
Tennessee 3.7% 0.2% 0.4% -1.7% 26 2.0% 59,300 0.5% 16600 10.0% 280,100
Texas 3.7% -0.3% -0.2% -0.6% 27 3.1% 384,800 0.7% 91,200 20.1% 2,123,600
Utah 3.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.3% 14 3.3% 48,600 0.5% 8,100 20.8% 263,400
Vermont 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -1.4% 8 -0.9% -2800 -0.5% -1500 1.2% 3,700
Virginia 2.9% -0.2% -0.7% -0.4% 9 1.8% 71,400 0.5% 21,800 6.6% 250,700
Washington 4.3% -0.3% -0.4% -0.4% 41 3.3% 109,600 0.9% 30,100 15.5% 463,600
West Virginia 5.2% -0.2% -0.2% 0.6% 49 0.9% 6900 0.3% 1900 -0.9% -6700
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.1% -0.2% -1.7% 11 1.1% 31,500 -0.2% -6,000 3.5% 101,000
Wyoming 4.1% 0.3% -0.1% 1.3% 38 2.1% 6,000 0.5% 1300 -2.2% -6,400

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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