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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 3.7% -0.1% -1.6% -0.6% 19 0.8% 16,900 0.5% 9,300 -0.1% -1,900
Alaska 7.3% 0.1% 0.3% 0.9% 51 -0.4% -1400 0.9% 2900 3.3% 10,400
Arizona 4.9% 0.2% -0.2% 0.6% 46 2.3% 61,900 0.7% 19,800 4.9% 131,300
Arkansas 3.8% 0.1% 0.2% -1.3% 21 0.2% 2,500 -0.2% -2500 2.7% 32,000
California 4.3% -0.2% -0.8% -1.6% 30 2.3% 383,600 0.6% 97,900 10.2% 1,585,900
Colorado 3.0% 0.0% 0.3% -1.1% 9 2.4% 63,400 0.8% 21,100 15.0% 351,600
Connecticut 4.6% 0.1% -0.3% -0.3% 39 0.5% 8100 0.7% 12,100 -0.8% -13,300
Delaware 4.4% -0.1% -0.2% 0.7% 31 -0.1% -300 -0.1% -400 3.6% 15,900
Washington D.C. 5.7% -0.2% -0.4% 0.1% 49 0.9% 7,100 0.2% 1300 13.5% 94,700
Florida 3.9% 0.0% -0.6% -0.8% 22 2.0% 167,800 0.8% 68,000 9.7% 767,700
Georgia 4.5% 0.0% -0.7% -0.5% 33 2.0% 88,200 0.7% 32,500 8.3% 344,400
Hawaii 2.1% 0.0% -0.6% -1.0% 1 1.4% 8,900 1.3% 8500 5.4% 33,600
Idaho 3.0% 0.0% -0.4% -0.1% 10 3.4% 24,000 0.8% 6,100 11.6% 76,000
Illinois 4.7% -0.2% -0.4% -0.7% 42 0.8% 48,700 0.2% 13200 1.8% 109,900
Indiana 3.2% -0.2% -0.5% -1.5% 12 1.0% 30,900 0.5% 14,900 4.4% 132,900
Iowa 2.9% 0.0% -0.5% -0.8% 6 0.6% 9,900 0.4% 5,600 3.8% 57,500
Kansas 3.4% -0.1% -0.4% -0.9% 14 0.5% 7,700 0.3% 4,100 1.9% 26,200
Kentucky 4.1% -0.4% -1.0% -1.3% 25 0.4% 7,200 0.2% 4500 3.8% 69,700
Louisiana 4.5% -0.2% -1.2% 0.3% 34 0.0% -200 0.3% 6400 2.0% 39,100
Maine 2.9% -0.2% -0.4% -1.9% 7 0.6% 3600 0.6% 3,900 0.9% 5400
Maryland 4.2% 0.1% -0.1% 0.9% 29 0.1% 4,000 0.0% 600 4.3% 111,900
Massachusetts 3.5% 0.0% -0.4% -1.1% 17 1.1% 39,100 0.3% 10,400 9.6% 317,600
Michigan 4.8% 0.1% 0.0% -2.4% 44 1.2% 52,000 0.5% 21,600 3.9% 164,500
Minnesota 3.2% -0.1% -0.5% -1.5% 13 0.7% 21,700 0.2% 6100 6.4% 177,700
Mississippi 4.5% -0.3% -0.9% -1.3% 35 1.2% 14,300 0.4% 5000 0.3% 3,300
Missouri 3.7% 0.1% -0.3% -1.7% 20 1.0% 27,300 0.4% 11,800 3.2% 89,000
Montana 4.1% 0.0% 0.1% -0.1% 26 1.1% 5,300 0.4% 2,100 6.7% 29,800
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.2% -0.2% 4 0.2% 1,700 0.2% 2,300 5.6% 54,000
Nevada 4.9% 0.0% -0.3% -0.1% 47 3.2% 43,000 1.3% 17,600 6.1% 78,300
New Hampshire 2.6% 0.0% -0.2% -0.9% 2 1.4% 9,400 0.4% 2900 5.1% 33,100
New Jersey 4.6% -0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 40 1.5% 63,200 0.7% 27,500 2.3% 93,700
New Mexico 5.8% -0.2% -0.6% 1.9% 50 1.4% 11,300 0.5% 4,000 -1.0% -8,900
New York 4.6% -0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 41 1.2% 109,600 0.4% 34,300 9.5% 832,600
North Carolina 4.5% 0.0% -0.3% -0.4% 36 1.6% 71,300 0.7% 30,400 7.3% 302,900
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0% -0.1% -0.4% 3 -1.6% -6,800 -0.4% -1,900 17.4% 63,100
Ohio 4.5% -0.4% -0.6% -1.1% 37 0.8% 46,500 0.6% 33,900 2.7% 148,300
Oklahoma 4.1% 0.0% -0.5% 0.5% 27 1.9% 31,300 0.3% 5000 4.6% 74,500
Oregon 4.1% -0.1% 0.0% -1.2% 28 2.3% 43,700 0.9% 17,400 9.6% 166,500
Pennsylvania 4.8% 0.0% -0.3% 0.1% 45 1.4% 81,400 0.5% 29,100 3.3% 194,300
Rhode Island 4.5% 0.0% 0.0% -1.5% 38 1.3% 6,300 0.3% 1300 2.3% 11,100
South Carolina 4.4% 0.2% 0.0% -1.2% 32 1.6% 33,800 0.7% 15,100 8.8% 171,300
South Dakota 3.4% 0.0% 0.2% 0.7% 15 1.4% 6100 0.7% 3100 7.8% 31,700
Tennessee 3.4% 0.1% -1.0% -2.0% 16 1.5% 45,000 0.6% 17500 8.6% 241,500
Texas 4.0% 0.1% -0.7% -0.3% 23 2.3% 285,200 0.7% 84,400 17.6% 1,860,300
Utah 3.1% -0.1% -0.2% 0.2% 11 3.2% 46,200 0.9% 13,300 18.5% 233,800
Vermont 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% -1.4% 5 0.1% 300 -0.2% -700 1.7% 5,300
Virginia 3.5% -0.1% -0.5% 0.2% 18 0.9% 36,300 0.7% 29,100 5.5% 208,700
Washington 4.7% 0.0% -0.1% 0.0% 43 2.9% 96,800 0.8% 27,800 13.1% 392,800
West Virginia 5.4% 0.0% 0.3% 0.8% 48 1.0% 7300 0.7% 5,300 -1.0% -7,800
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.3% -0.5% -1.8% 8 0.7% 19,200 0.6% 16,800 3.0% 85,300
Wyoming 4.0% -0.2% -0.5% 1.2% 24 1.7% 4,700 1.2% 3,400 -3.3% -9,600

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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