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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 3.5% -0.3% -2.8% -0.9% 19 1.7% 34,100 0.3% 5,600 0.2% 4,400
Alaska 7.3% 0.1% 0.7% 0.9% 51 -0.7% -2200 -1.2% -3900 2.6% 8,200
Arizona 4.5% -0.2% -0.5% 0.1% 36 1.3% 35,000 0.1% 3,300 3.4% 90,900
Arkansas 3.7% 0.2% -0.2% -1.5% 22 0.9% 11,300 -0.5% -6500 3.4% 41,200
California 4.3% -0.8% -0.9% -1.7% 30 2.1% 342,500 0.9% 151,800 9.7% 1,502,600
Colorado 3.1% 0.6% 0.1% -1.0% 12 2.0% 53,200 0.5% 13,900 13.7% 321,000
Connecticut 4.6% 0.0% 0.2% -0.3% 41 0.5% 7700 -0.1% -2,000 -1.2% -20,100
Delaware 4.6% -0.3% 0.3% 0.9% 40 -0.1% -600 -0.7% -3300 3.0% 13,100
Washington D.C. 6.0% -0.5% 0.3% 0.3% 50 1.0% 8,000 0.2% 1500 13.6% 95,500
Florida 3.7% -0.1% -1.2% -1.2% 21 2.5% 213,500 2.1% 176,100 9.8% 774,100
Georgia 4.4% 0.0% -1.1% -0.7% 33 1.9% 83,200 0.5% 24,600 8.4% 348,600
Hawaii 2.0% -0.5% -0.9% -1.2% 1 1.1% 7,200 0.1% 700 5.0% 31,300
Idaho 2.9% 0.1% -0.7% -0.3% 7 2.1% 14,700 0.9% 6,800 10.1% 66,000
Illinois 4.8% -0.2% -0.9% -0.7% 45 0.5% 29,600 0.2% 13900 1.1% 65,700
Indiana 3.4% -0.4% -0.6% -1.4% 15 0.9% 27,600 0.2% 7,100 4.8% 142,900
Iowa 2.8% -0.4% -0.7% -0.9% 6 1.8% 28,300 0.8% 13,400 4.9% 74,900
Kansas 3.4% -0.4% -0.9% -0.9% 14 0.4% 6,300 0.6% 8,000 2.2% 30,000
Kentucky 4.4% -0.8% -0.4% -1.1% 32 1.1% 21,200 0.1% 1,200 5.1% 94,500
Louisiana 4.6% -0.5% -1.4% 0.5% 39 0.3% 5,500 -0.3% -6,000 2.0% 39,500
Maine 3.0% -0.7% -0.8% -1.9% 9 0.8% 5,000 0.2% 1,200 0.3% 1900
Maryland 4.0% 0.2% -0.2% 0.6% 24 1.1% 31,400 -0.7% -19,500 5.4% 141,700
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.4% 0.4% -1.1% 18 1.8% 63,000 0.3% 10,700 10.0% 330,600
Michigan 4.7% 0.4% -0.4% -2.6% 44 1.3% 57,100 0.4% 19,000 4.3% 180,600
Minnesota 3.1% -0.6% -0.9% -1.6% 11 1.3% 37,300 0.1% 3200 6.8% 189,000
Mississippi 4.6% -0.6% -0.9% -1.3% 38 1.6% 17,800 1.0% 11300 0.2% 2,500
Missouri 3.5% -0.3% -0.9% -1.9% 17 0.8% 22,800 0.2% 4,500 3.3% 92,200
Montana 4.1% 0.2% 0.1% -0.1% 28 1.8% 8,300 1.2% 5,900 7.5% 33,600
Nebraska 2.7% -0.1% -0.6% -0.3% 4 1.1% 10,900 -0.1% -1,200 6.7% 65,200
Nevada 5.0% 0.1% -0.1% -0.1% 47 3.3% 43,800 1.2% 16,000 5.6% 73,000
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1% -0.1% -0.9% 3 0.8% 5,300 0.1% 800 4.5% 29,200
New Jersey 5.0% 0.3% 0.3% 0.4% 46 0.6% 22,900 0.1% 2,600 1.0% 40,500
New Mexico 6.0% -0.2% -0.7% 2.0% 49 1.2% 10,400 0.5% 4,200 -0.3% -2,400
New York 4.6% -0.3% -0.2% -0.3% 37 1.0% 98,300 0.2% 18,600 9.0% 787,300
North Carolina 4.5% 0.4% -0.7% -0.5% 35 1.7% 75,000 0.7% 29,800 6.9% 289,500
North Dakota 2.6% 0.2% -0.4% -0.5% 2 0.4% 1,800 -1.0% -4,600 20.3% 73,600
Ohio 4.7% -0.6% -0.3% -1.0% 43 0.7% 38,500 -0.1% -4,400 2.3% 124,100
Oklahoma 4.1% -0.4% -0.7% 0.5% 27 1.2% 20,400 0.2% 2600 4.0% 64,100
Oregon 4.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.2% 26 2.7% 49,300 1.2% 22,300 9.4% 164,200
Pennsylvania 4.7% -0.1% -0.7% -0.1% 42 1.3% 78,400 0.3% 16,600 3.2% 183,200
Rhode Island 4.4% 0.2% -0.5% -1.7% 31 1.2% 6,000 0.3% 1,300 1.9% 9,500
South Carolina 4.1% 0.2% -0.2% -1.6% 25 2.2% 46,500 1.2% 24,800 8.6% 167,900
South Dakota 3.5% 0.1% 0.6% 0.8% 16 0.9% 4000 0.5% 2100 7.6% 31,200
Tennessee 3.2% 0.2% -1.9% -2.3% 13 1.0% 28,700 -0.1% -2,900 7.8% 218,200
Texas 3.9% -0.1% -0.9% -0.4% 23 2.5% 306,900 1.0% 121,300 17.8% 1,882,400
Utah 3.1% -0.3% -0.1% 0.1% 10 2.6% 37,900 0.5% 7,400 17.6% 222,100
Vermont 2.8% -0.1% -0.4% -1.4% 5 0.8% 2500 -0.4% -1200 2.6% 7,900
Virginia 3.7% 0.0% -0.4% 0.2% 20 0.8% 30,200 -0.3% -12,400 5.0% 189,500
Washington 4.5% -0.1% -0.6% -0.3% 34 2.1% 68,500 0.7% 23,500 12.1% 362,900
West Virginia 5.5% 0.4% -0.3% 0.8% 48 0.2% 1300 0.2% 1,200 -1.6% -12,100
Wisconsin 3.0% -0.5% -1.1% -1.8% 8 1.4% 40,200 0.4% 12,500 3.4% 96,900
Wyoming 4.2% 0.2% -0.6% 1.4% 29 0.4% 1,100 0.9% 2,400 -5.6% -16,400

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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