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News from EPI Majority of states added jobs in November, but economy is not at full employment yet

The State and Regional Employment report for November, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows state economies continuing on their slow march to a full recovery. A majority of states added jobs while 19 states saw either an increases or no change in their unemployment rates.

From August to November, 36 states added jobs, with Idaho (1.0 percent), Utah (1.0 percent), California (0.9 percent), Texas (0.9 percent), and South Carolina (0.8 percent) making the largest percentage gains. Over that same period, employment fell in 14 states and the District of Columbia, down from 18 states in last month’s report. The largest job losses occurred in Alaska (-1.4 percent), North Dakota (-1.2 percent), Wyoming (-1.0 percent), Connecticut (-0.6 percent), and Delaware (-0.6 percent).

From August to November, unemployment rates fell in 31 states. Kentucky (-0.8 percentage points), Alabama (-0.7 percentage points), Arizona (-0.7 percentage points), Minnesota (-0.7 percentage points), and Ohio (-0.6 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment. Over the same months, the unemployment rate increased in 13 states. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Michigan (0.7 percentage points), New Jersey (0.6 percentage points), and Colorado (0.5 percentage points). In six states and the District of Columbia there was no change in the unemployment: Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

“While the national unemployment rate is trending in a good direction, today’s data shows that many states are still experiencing higher unemployment than we’d expect this far along in the recovery, “ said Janelle Jones, EPI Economic Analyst. “In order to help working people succeed across the country, policymakers should prioritize a full employment agenda.”

November

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% 0.2% -0.2% 32 1.3% 25,800 0.3% 6,700 0.6% 13,000
Alaska 6.5% -0.6% -0.7% 0.1% 51 -0.7% -2300 -0.3% -1000 2.3% 7,200
Arizona 4.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 46 2.9% 81,400 1.3% 38,000 7.4% 197,100
Arkansas 3.5% -0.3% -0.2% -1.6% 18 1.1% 13,200 0.5% 5900 3.8% 46,300
California 4.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.8% 33 2.0% 339,600 0.5% 90,200 11.1% 1,723,000
Colorado 3.1% 0.4% 0.1% -1.0% 12 2.9% 77,200 0.5% 13,600 16.9% 397,900
Connecticut 4.2% -0.2% -0.3% -0.7% 38 1.2% 19900 0.2% 3,300 -0.2% -4,000
Delaware 4.0% 0.1% -0.5% 0.3% 30 1.8% 8000 0.8% 3500 5.1% 22,700
Washington D.C. 5.7% 0.1% -0.3% 0.1% 50 1.0% 8,000 0.8% 6000 14.2% 99,500
Florida 3.5% -0.3% -0.4% -1.2% 19 4.8% 407,300 0.8% 69,100 11.5% 910,700
Georgia 3.7% -0.4% -0.8% -1.3% 25 2.5% 111,100 0.9% 39,000 9.6% 399,900
Hawaii 2.2% 0.1% 0.0% -0.9% 1 1.8% 11,600 0.3% 1800 5.9% 36,900
Idaho 2.7% -0.2% -0.3% -0.4% 3 2.7% 19,200 0.1% 500 12.6% 82,700
Illinois 4.1% -0.2% -0.9% -1.3% 34 0.8% 50,300 0.0% -300 2.3% 139,700
Indiana 3.5% 0.2% 0.0% -1.2% 20 0.9% 28,000 0.5% 16,700 4.8% 144,300
Iowa 2.5% -0.2% -0.5% -1.2% 2 1.1% 17,600 -0.1% -2100 4.3% 64,900
Kansas 3.3% -0.1% -0.3% -1.0% 15 1.4% 19,600 0.0% -500 2.7% 37,100
Kentucky 4.5% 0.3% -0.2% -0.9% 42 0.8% 14,500 0.4% 8400 4.3% 80,400
Louisiana 5.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.8% 48 1.0% 19900 0.0% -600 2.7% 52,100
Maine 3.3% 0.4% 0.0% -1.5% 16 0.7% 4500 -0.1% -900 1.3% 8000
Maryland 4.2% -0.1% 0.2% 0.9% 39 0.9% 25,200 0.5% 14000 5.2% 136,800
Massachusetts 3.6% 0.1% 0.0% -1.0% 22 1.8% 63,400 0.1% 2,100 10.8% 358,600
Michigan 4.0% -0.4% -0.7% -3.2% 31 1.4% 63,300 0.2% 9,500 4.5% 192,800
Minnesota 2.8% -0.3% -0.5% -1.9% 6 1.3% 38,200 0.2% 7200 7.3% 203,200
Mississippi 4.8% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 47 1.8% 20,300 0.3% 3200 0.8% 9,700
Missouri 3.2% -0.3% -0.4% -2.2% 13 1.4% 39,300 0.2% 6,500 3.9% 108,500
Montana 3.6% -0.2% -0.5% -0.6% 23 1.6% 7,400 0.7% 3100 7.5% 33,400
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 7 1.7% 17,400 0.3% 2,900 6.9% 66,600
Nevada 4.5% -0.2% -0.4% -0.5% 43 3.2% 43,500 1.0% 14,200 7.9% 101,500
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.0% 0.1% -0.8% 4 2.2% 14,900 0.2% 1400 6.1% 39,700
New Jersey 4.2% -0.1% -0.5% -0.3% 40 1.4% 58,000 0.2% 8,400 2.7% 111,600
New Mexico 4.6% -0.3% -1.4% 0.7% 44 2.6% 21,200 0.9% 7,800 0.2% 1,300
New York 4.1% -0.4% -0.6% -0.7% 35 1.0% 95,300 0.1% 6,900 9.9% 871,200
North Carolina 3.8% -0.4% -0.6% -1.1% 26 1.9% 82,300 -0.3% -13,800 8.2% 340,000
North Dakota 2.7% 0.1% 0.1% -0.3% 5 1.1% 4800 0.5% 2300 20.1% 72,800
Ohio 4.6% 0.1% -0.4% -1.0% 45 1.9% 104,600 0.5% 30,400 4.1% 220,800
Oklahoma 3.5% -0.4% -0.6% -0.1% 21 2.0% 34,000 0.5% 8900 5.9% 94,400
Oregon 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% -1.5% 27 2.3% 43,200 0.3% 6,100 10.6% 184,700
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.2% -0.7% -0.6% 36 1.3% 78,700 0.3% 17,200 3.9% 224,000
Rhode Island 3.9% -0.4% -0.6% -2.1% 29 1.4% 7,000 -0.1% -500 2.9% 14,300
South Carolina 3.3% -0.5% -0.9% -2.3% 17 1.3% 27,600 -0.6% -13400 8.4% 164,000
South Dakota 3.0% -0.2% -0.4% 0.3% 10 1.4% 6200 0.4% 1600 8.1% 33,200
Tennessee 3.6% 0.1% 0.3% -1.8% 24 2.1% 63,900 0.5% 15800 9.9% 276,500
Texas 3.8% -0.2% -0.2% -0.5% 28 3.3% 406,400 0.5% 65,300 19.7% 2,076,400
Utah 3.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.3% 14 3.6% 52,400 0.9% 14,200 20.8% 262,700
Vermont 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% -1.3% 8 -0.6% -1900 -1.0% -3100 1.3% 4,000
Virginia 2.9% -0.3% -0.7% -0.4% 9 1.7% 68,400 0.5% 19,800 6.6% 248,200
Washington 4.4% -0.3% -0.3% -0.3% 41 3.2% 105,200 0.8% 25,700 14.9% 447,400
West Virginia 5.2% -0.1% -0.1% 0.6% 49 0.8% 5900 0.1% 600 -1.1% -8500
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.1% -0.3% -1.7% 11 1.4% 41,700 0.3% 8,900 3.7% 107,500
Wyoming 4.1% 0.4% 0.0% 1.3% 37 2.2% 6,300 0.7% 2100 -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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