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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 3.9% 0.2% -0.7% -0.4% 23 1.1% 22,900 0.2% 5,000 0.2% 3,500
Alaska 7.2% -0.1% 0.1% 0.8% 51 -0.2% -500 0.1% 400 3.3% 10,400
Arizona 4.7% -0.2% -0.2% 0.4% 44 2.5% 69,900 0.8% 21,700 5.8% 155,600
Arkansas 3.8% 0.0% 0.2% -1.3% 21 0.5% 6,600 0.3% 4000 3.1% 37,800
California 4.2% -0.1% -0.7% -1.7% 31 1.8% 306,000 0.2% 36,500 10.4% 1,609,600
Colorado 2.8% -0.2% 0.2% -1.3% 5 2.7% 72,800 0.8% 21,000 15.9% 373,200
Connecticut 4.5% -0.1% -0.2% -0.4% 39 0.7% 11500 -0.1% -1,300 -0.9% -14,600
Delaware 4.0% -0.4% -0.6% 0.3% 25 1.3% 6100 0.6% 2700 4.5% 19,700
Washington D.C. 5.6% -0.1% -0.6% 0.0% 50 1.1% 8,700 0.5% 4100 14.0% 98,300
Florida 3.8% -0.1% -0.4% -0.9% 22 2.1% 180,200 0.5% 43,800 10.3% 815,100
Georgia 4.2% -0.2% -0.6% -0.8% 32 1.7% 76,700 0.1% 6,300 8.3% 344,700
Hawaii 2.0% -0.1% -0.4% -1.1% 1 1.7% 11,300 0.3% 2300 5.7% 35,700
Idaho 2.9% -0.1% -0.3% -0.2% 10 3.1% 21,800 0.3% 2,500 12.0% 78,900
Illinois 4.3% -0.4% -0.6% -1.1% 33 1.0% 60,200 0.2% 13700 2.1% 123,700
Indiana 3.2% 0.0% -0.3% -1.5% 13 1.1% 33,100 0.3% 8,300 4.7% 140,000
Iowa 2.7% -0.2% -0.5% -1.0% 3 1.1% 17,100 0.2% 3700 4.0% 61,200
Kansas 3.4% 0.0% -0.2% -0.9% 16 1.6% 22,700 0.4% 5,500 2.4% 32,900
Kentucky 4.1% 0.0% -1.0% -1.3% 28 0.8% 15,200 0.3% 6000 4.0% 74,600
Louisiana 4.6% 0.1% -0.7% 0.4% 42 1.0% 18900 0.7% 13700 2.9% 56,700
Maine 2.8% -0.1% -0.6% -2.0% 6 1.4% 8400 0.5% 3,400 1.5% 9400
Maryland 4.3% 0.1% 0.2% 1.0% 34 0.5% 12,700 0.2% 4100 4.5% 118,200
Massachusetts 3.5% 0.0% -0.3% -1.1% 17 1.6% 56,100 0.4% 15,900 10.0% 333,300
Michigan 4.6% -0.2% 0.2% -2.6% 43 1.3% 57,800 0.3% 11,100 4.2% 179,000
Minnesota 3.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.6% 12 1.0% 30,000 0.2% 6800 6.7% 185,600
Mississippi 4.7% 0.2% -0.6% -1.1% 45 1.4% 15,900 0.0% 500 0.4% 4,300
Missouri 3.6% -0.1% -0.1% -1.8% 19 1.2% 34,300 0.1% 3,800 3.3% 92,600
Montana 3.9% -0.2% -0.1% -0.3% 24 0.6% 2,900 -0.1% -300 6.5% 28,800
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.2% 7 1.3% 13,400 0.7% 7,500 6.5% 62,800
Nevada 4.8% -0.1% -0.3% -0.2% 47 2.8% 37,400 0.3% 4,000 6.3% 81,600
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.1% 0.0% -0.8% 4 1.9% 12,900 0.4% 2400 5.6% 36,200
New Jersey 4.4% -0.2% -0.1% -0.1% 37 1.4% 57,200 0.1% 4,000 2.3% 94,900
New Mexico 5.1% -0.7% -1.1% 1.2% 48 1.6% 13,200 0.3% 2,500 -0.9% -7,500
New York 4.5% -0.1% -0.2% -0.3% 40 1.1% 108,400 0.1% 12,600 9.6% 845,500
North Carolina 4.3% -0.2% -0.2% -0.6% 35 2.3% 99,600 0.8% 34,200 8.1% 337,400
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0% 0.1% -0.4% 2 -0.5% -2,000 1.2% 4900 18.9% 68,300
Ohio 4.3% -0.2% -0.8% -1.3% 36 1.4% 76,200 0.5% 30,200 3.3% 180,500
Oklahoma 4.0% -0.1% -0.3% 0.4% 26 1.5% 25,300 0.2% 2900 4.8% 76,500
Oregon 4.1% 0.0% 0.0% -1.2% 29 2.3% 42,200 0.5% 9,100 10.0% 173,600
Pennsylvania 4.5% -0.3% -0.4% -0.2% 41 1.3% 78,200 0.2% 12,500 3.5% 202,800
Rhode Island 4.4% -0.2% 0.0% -1.6% 38 1.5% 7,500 0.3% 1500 2.6% 12,500
South Carolina 4.0% -0.4% -0.2% -1.6% 27 1.8% 38,400 0.0% 900 8.9% 173,300
South Dakota 3.3% -0.1% 0.0% 0.6% 15 1.4% 6100 0.1% 400 7.9% 32,200
Tennessee 3.5% 0.1% -0.3% -1.9% 18 1.8% 53,400 0.4% 12700 9.0% 252,800
Texas 4.1% 0.1% -0.3% -0.2% 30 2.9% 352,100 0.9% 110,600 18.7% 1,980,200
Utah 3.0% -0.1% -0.3% 0.1% 11 3.4% 49,800 0.9% 12,900 19.6% 247,700
Vermont 2.8% 0.0% -0.3% -1.4% 8 0.4% 1400 0.2% 600 2.0% 6,100
Virginia 3.2% -0.3% -0.6% -0.1% 14 1.3% 53,000 0.4% 17,300 5.9% 223,500
Washington 4.7% 0.0% -0.1% 0.0% 46 2.9% 95,800 0.6% 21,800 13.8% 414,400
West Virginia 5.4% 0.0% 0.4% 0.8% 49 2.3% 17100 1.0% 7800 0.0% 100
Wisconsin 2.8% -0.1% -0.5% -1.9% 9 0.7% 20,200 -0.1% -3,200 3.0% 86,200
Wyoming 3.7% -0.3% -0.3% 0.9% 20 1.3% 3,700 0.0% 0 -3.2% -9,500

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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