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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 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 2.8% 0.073 -0.01 -1.5% 41 2.0% 41600 0.4% 7300 2.9% 59700
Alaska 6.2% -0.016 -0.003 -0.2% 1 0.3% 1100 -0.5% -1600 3.4% 10900
Arizona 4.8% 0.219 -0.001 0.5% 4 2.5% 70600 0.7% 21900 10.1% 271900
Arkansas 3.5% 0.067 -0.002 -1.6% 24 1.4% 17900 0.5% 6700 6.3% 75600
California 3.9% 0.823 -0.002 -2.0% 17 1.8% 308000 0.5% 82300 13.5% 2086300
Colorado 2.6% 0.009 -0.01 -1.5% 44 1.9% 52700 0.0% 900 18.8% 441700
Connecticut 3.6% 0.044 -0.002 -1.3% 21 0.3% 4800 0.3% 4400 -0.6% -10600
Delaware 3.7% 0.044 0.001 0.0% 20 1.3% 6100 0.9% 4400 6.3% 27600
Washington D.C. 5.4% 0.003 0.001 -0.2% 3 1.0% 7700 0.0% 300 14.6% 102100
Florida 3.2% 0.684 -0.001 -1.5% 31 2.6% 228600 0.8% 68400 14.5% 1148400
Georgia 3.4% 0.247 -0.003 -1.6% 25 1.6% 72500 0.5% 24700 11.3% 470100
Hawaii 2.7% 0.033 0.001 -0.4% 43 0.9% 5600 0.5% 3300 5.5% 34300
Idaho 2.9% -0.017 0.002 -0.2% 39 2.2% 16400 -0.2% -1700 15.3% 100700
Illinois 3.9% 0.046 -0.003 -1.5% 18 0.9% 57000 0.1% 4600 3.5% 210400
Indiana 3.2% -0.088 -0.003 -1.5% 32 0.5% 17100 -0.3% -8800 5.7% 170900
Iowa 2.6% 0.012 0.002 -1.1% 45 0.5% 7800 0.1% 1200 4.6% 70800
Kansas 3.1% 0.066 -0.002 -1.2% 35 1.3% 18100 0.5% 6600 3.6% 50500
Kentucky 4.3% 0.095 0 -1.1% 9 1.6% 31100 0.5% 9500 5.7% 106500
Louisiana 4.5% 0.088 -0.004 0.3% 7 0.2% 3600 0.4% 8800 2.7% 52600
Maine 2.8% -0.004 -0.007 -2.0% 42 1.0% 6500 -0.1% -400 2.0% 12700
Maryland 3.6% 0.274 -0.001 0.3% 22 1.1% 30000 1.0% 27400 6.1% 159800
Massachusetts 2.9% 0.157 -0.002 -1.7% 40 1.4% 51700 0.4% 15700 11.4% 376700
Michigan 4.1% -0.168 0.001 -3.1% 12 0.0% -2200 -0.4% -16800 4.2% 176800
Minnesota 3.2% 0.094 0.004 -1.5% 33 0.3% 9900 0.3% 9400 7.3% 202200
Mississippi 5.5% 0.001 0.008 -0.3% 2 1.0% 11700 0.0% 100 1.0% 11100
Missouri 3.1% -0.04 0.001 -2.3% 36 1.2% 34600 -0.1% -4000 4.1% 114000
Montana 3.4% -0.004 -0.003 -0.8% 26 1.3% 6300 -0.1% -400 8.6% 38200
Nebraska 3.1% 0.066 0.004 0.1% 37 1.6% 16100 0.6% 6600 7.3% 70600
Nevada 4.1% 0.075 -0.003 -0.9% 13 2.2% 30800 0.5% 7500 11.0% 142700
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.044 0.002 -0.9% 46 1.1% 7700 -0.6% -4400 6.2% 40500
New Jersey 3.2% 0.065 -0.007 -1.3% 34 0.7% 30200 0.2% 6500 3.2% 131100
New Mexico 4.8% 0.007 -0.002 0.9% 5 2.0% 17300 0.1% 700 1.5% 12700
New York 4.0% 0.321 0.002 -0.8% 15 1.1% 103700 0.3% 32100 11.8% 1035900
North Carolina 4.0% 0.198 0.003 -0.9% 16 2.0% 90800 0.4% 19800 10.2% 423000
North Dakota 2.5% -0.011 -0.001 -0.5% 49 0.0% 0 -0.3% -1100 20.0% 72500
Ohio 4.2% 0.041 -0.004 -1.4% 10 0.4% 19600 0.1% 4100 3.2% 174000
Oklahoma 3.3% -0.074 0.002 -0.3% 29 0.3% 4400 -0.4% -7400 5.7% 91600
Oregon 4.1% 0.068 -0.001 -1.2% 14 1.7% 32600 0.3% 6800 12.2% 212700
Pennsylvania 4.2% 0.242 0 -0.5% 11 0.5% 28700 0.4% 24200 4.3% 248000
Rhode Island 3.6% 0.024 -0.004 -2.4% 23 1.8% 8900 0.5% 2400 3.7% 18200
South Carolina 2.6% 0.071 -0.006 -3.0% 47 1.4% 30800 0.3% 7100 12.1% 236000
South Dakota 3.0% 0.021 0.001 0.3% 38 1.9% 8200 0.5% 2100 10.1% 41300
Tennessee 3.4% 0.052 0.001 -2.0% 27 1.3% 38900 0.2% 5200 11.2% 314300
Texas 3.4% 0.595 -0.003 -0.9% 28 2.4% 297100 0.5% 59500 22.0% 2328600
Utah 2.5% 0.135 -0.007 -0.4% 50 3.2% 48900 0.9% 13500 24.9% 315100
Vermont 2.2% -0.009 -0.004 -2.0% 51 0.3% 1000 -0.3% -900 2.9% 9100
Virginia 2.6% -0.11 -0.002 -0.7% 48 0.7% 29600 -0.3% -11000 6.6% 250100
Washington 4.5% 0.018 0.001 -0.2% 8 2.2% 77000 0.1% 1800 16.9% 506600
West Virginia 4.8% -0.02 -0.003 0.2% 6 0.4% 3200 -0.3% -2000 0.5% 3900
Wisconsin 3.3% -0.023 0.003 -1.4% 30 0.6% 16500 -0.1% -2300 3.5% 101600
Wyoming 3.8% -0.025 -0.004 1.0% 19 0.2% 700 -0.9% -2500 -2.4% -7200

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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