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News from EPI March weather likely at play in state jobs report

The State and Regional Employment report for March, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows continued job gains in most states, with 10 states experiencing job losses. Unemployment rates held steady in a majority of states.

“We do see job losses in the construction industry over the last month, with the construction industry in the Mid-Atlantic driving that estimate. Harsh weather in March is likely behind this hiccup in recent trends,” said EPI research assistant Jessica Schieder.

From December to March, 48 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with Utah (1.1 percent), Nevada (1.0 percent), Alaska (0.9 percent), Delaware (0.9 percent), and Texas (0.9 percent) making the largest percentage gains. Over that same period, employment fell in most in Montana (-0.4 percent).

During the same time period, unemployment rates fell in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Kentucky (-0.5 percentage points), Ohio (-0.5 percentage points), Maine (-0.4 percentage points), New Mexico (0.4 percentage points), and the District of Columbia (-0.3 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. Over the same months, the unemployment rate increased in seven states. Arizona, Maryland, and South Carolina each saw increases of 0.2 percentage points, while Alaska, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Washington each saw increases of 0.1 percentage points. In 18 states, there was no change in the unemployment rate.

March

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 February 2020 State unemployment rate raking 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 numbers of jobs in last 3 months Change in number of jobs in last 3 months Percent change in number of jobs since February 2020 Change in number of jobs since February 2020
Alabama 3.9% -2.8% 1.2% 1.2% 10 -1.7% -35700 2.2% 43200 -1.7% -35400
Alaska 5.8% -1.4% -0.3% 0.0% 44 -6.9% -22600 2.1% 6200 -6.9% -22900
Arizona 7.5% 1.0% 3.0% 3.0% 42 -2.8% -82100 1.1% 31700 -3.0% -90100
Arkansas 4.2% -3.0% 0.7% 0.7% 30 -2.8% -35500 1.6% 20100 -2.8% -35300
California 9.0% -2.1% 5.1% 5.1% 46 -8.0% -1410000 1.0% 155700 -8.3% -1460100
Colorado 8.4% 2.0% 5.9% 5.9% 33 -5.4% -150900 -0.2% -4400 -5.4% -150800
Connecticut 8.0% 0.3% 4.2% 4.2% 45 -6.1% -102700 0.3% 4700 -6.4% -108700
Delaware 5.3% -3.0% 1.3% 1.4% 19 -7.8% -36400 0.6% 2600 -9.1% -42900
Washington D.C. 7.9% -1.1% 2.6% 2.8% 41 -6.5% -52300 -0.1% -600 -6.7% -54200
Florida 6.1% -1.1% 3.2% 3.3% 32 -4.6% -419200 0.8% 70600 -5.1% -459400
Georgia 5.6% -0.7% 2.5% 2.5% 24 -1.7% -81200 2.0% 90400 -2.0% -93200
Hawaii 9.3% -5.7% 6.6% 6.6% 50 -13.8% -90900 6.9% 36600 -13.6% -89400
Idaho 4.4% -1.7% 1.5% 1.7% 12 0.6% 4600 2.1% 15900 0.2% 1900
Illinois 7.6% -2.8% 3.9% 4.2% 38 -6.9% -423300 -0.2% -11700 -7.0% -427900
Indiana 4.3% -2.0% 1.1% 1.2% 17 -2.8% -88100 1.2% 36500 -3.3% -104700
Iowa 3.1% -1.7% 0.3% 0.3% 4 -4.3% -68900 1.0% 14300 -4.1% -64800
Kansas 3.8% -2.1% 0.7% 0.7% 22 -4.2% -60200 0.4% 6100 -4.6% -66500
Kentucky 6.0% 0.4% 1.7% 1.8% 21 -5.2% -100900 0.3% 5900 -5.8% -113800
Louisiana 7.2% -0.8% 2.0% 2.0% 47 -4.2% -82700 2.5% 45500 -4.7% -93800
Maine 4.9% -1.2% 1.9% 1.7% 16 -7.7% -49200 0.2% 1300 -7.6% -48400
Maryland 6.3% -1.3% 2.9% 3.0% 36 -4.5% -124700 2.1% 54600 -4.9% -137600
Massachusetts 7.4% -2.4% 4.6% 4.6% 35 -9.1% -335400 0.6% 21500 -9.4% -349600
Michigan 7.5% -1.1% 3.6% 3.9% 37 -10.9% -486800 -1.4% -55000 -11.2% -499000
Minnesota 4.4% -1.5% 1.1% 1.3% 9 -8.3% -246100 -1.8% -50100 -8.3% -247500
Mississippi 6.2% -1.0% 0.6% 0.8% 31 -1.4% -16400 1.2% 13300 -1.9% -21700
Missouri 5.8% 1.0% 2.4% 2.3% 8 -3.1% -89600 1.2% 33000 -3.5% -102800
Montana 4.4% -1.0% 0.9% 0.9% 14 -2.9% -14300 0.8% 3800 -3.4% -16600
Nebraska 3.0% -0.6% 0.0% 0.1% 2 -2.3% -24100 1.0% 10100 -2.6% -27400
Nevada 9.2% -3.3% 5.5% 5.6% 49 -6.8% -96900 2.0% 26600 -6.9% -98000
New Hampshire 4.0% -1.8% 1.4% 1.4% 5 -8.8% -60200 -1.0% -6200 -9.4% -64900
New Jersey 7.6% 0.9% 3.9% 3.8% 51 -8.0% -336400 -0.1% -2100 -8.3% -351900
New Mexico 8.2% -1.7% 3.4% 3.4% 40 -7.6% -65800 -0.9% -7300 -8.2% -71500
New York 8.2% -1.5% 4.3% 4.5% 48 -10.4% -1020700 0.2% 16200 -10.7% -1058300
North Carolina 6.2% -1.0% 2.6% 2.6% 29 -4.2% -190700 1.9% 83200 -4.5% -208800
North Dakota 4.1% -0.3% 1.7% 1.9% 11 -6.7% -29400 0.3% 1100 -6.9% -30300
Ohio 5.5% -2.8% 1.4% 1.4% 23 -6.3% -350200 1.0% 50200 -6.4% -357400
Oklahoma 5.3% -0.1% 1.9% 2.1% 25 -4.7% -80100 0.2% 2700 -4.4% -75000
Oregon 6.4% -1.5% 3.0% 3.1% 27 -7.8% -151600 -0.7% -13600 -7.8% -153300
Pennsylvania 6.7% -1.6% 2.1% 2.0% 34 -7.8% -473500 0.0% 2700 -8.2% -503600
Rhode Island 8.1% -2.4% 4.6% 4.7% 39 -8.7% -43800 -1.0% -4800 -9.1% -46500
South Carolina 4.6% -0.6% 2.2% 2.1% 7 -2.4% -53200 2.0% 43300 -2.7% -60700
South Dakota 3.0% -1.1% -0.4% -0.3% 3 -2.9% -12800 0.2% 700 -3.2% -14000
Tennessee 6.4% -0.1% 3.1% 3.0% 20 -3.2% -100300 1.4% 41800 -3.6% -113800
Texas 7.2% -1.1% 3.7% 3.7% 43 -3.3% -430800 2.0% 241600 -3.9% -502600
Utah 3.6% -1.4% 1.2% 1.1% 6 0.6% 9300 2.3% 35200 0.3% 5200
Vermont 3.1% -1.2% 0.7% 0.7% 1 -9.0% -28500 0.2% 600 -8.7% -27400
Virginia 4.9% -1.3% 2.2% 2.3% 13 -4.4% -177900 1.2% 45200 -4.6% -189900
Washington 7.1% -1.2% 3.1% 3.3% 26 -6.0% -209400 0.4% 12500 -6.3% -221000
West Virginia 6.3% -2.3% 1.2% 1.4% 28 -6.1% -43600 -0.2% -1200 -6.0% -42700
Wisconsin 5.5% 0.1% 2.0% 2.0% 15 -7.0% -208100 -0.1% -3000 -7.2% -214300
Wyoming 4.8% -1.3% 1.1% 1.1% 18 -4.3% -12300 1.4% 3900 -4.2% -12100

Jobs refers to the total number of jobs, part-time or full-time, in nonfarm establishments.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Local Area Unemployment Statistics data

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