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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 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 February 2020 Change in number of jobs since since February 2020
Alabama 9.9% 7.2% 6.9% 7.2% 17 -7.8% -160.8 -8.5% -177 -8.5% -177
Alaska 12.6% 6.8% 6.4% 6.8% 30 -12.4% -40.7 -12.7% -42 -12.7% -42
Arizona 8.9% 4.4% 4.1% 4.4% 5 -5.7% -167 -7.7% -230.4 -7.7% -230.4
Arkansas 9.5% 6.0% 6.0% 6.0% 13 -7.1% -91 -7.6% -97.4 -7.6% -97.4
California 16.3% 12.4% 12.2% 12.4% 48 -13.0% -2267.1 -14.1% -2483.9 -14.1% -2483.9
Colorado 10.2% 7.7% 7.4% 7.7% 21 -8.5% -236.2 -9.7% -273.5 -9.7% -273.5
Connecticut 9.4% 5.6% 5.7% 5.6% 12 -14.9% -251.4 -15.6% -265.5 -15.6% -265.5
Delaware 15.8% 11.9% 12.1% 11.9% 45 -15.6% -72.7 -17.0% -80.1 -17.0% -80.1
Florida 8.9% 11.7% 11.3% 11.7% 41 -9.5% -850.4 -11.0% -995.2 -11.0% -995.2
Georgia 14.5% 6.6% 6.1% 6.6% 14 -8.8% -403.1 -9.7% -452 -9.7% -452
Hawaii 9.7% 19.9% 19.9% 19.9% 50 -20.1% -131.6 -20.6% -135.3 -20.6% -135.3
Idaho 22.6% 6.2% 6.0% 6.2% 3 -5.9% -44.9 -7.6% -58.8 -7.6% -58.8
Illinois 8.9% 11.8% 11.1% 11.8% 44 -12.1% -737.9 -12.0% -737.3 -12.0% -737.3
Indiana 15.2% 9.2% 9.0% 9.2% 27 -10.7% -340.9 -11.0% -348.4 -11.0% -348.4
Iowa 12.3% 7.2% 7.3% 7.2% 19 -11.0% -174.6 -10.8% -170 -10.8% -170
Kansas 10.0% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 18 -7.7% -110.1 -8.4% -119.9 -8.4% -119.9
Kentucky 10.0% 6.8% 6.7% 6.8% 23 -14.8% -286.9 -15.2% -295.9 -15.2% -295.9
Louisiana 11.0% 8.1% 8.8% 8.1% 36 -11.9% -236 -12.0% -239.8 -12.0% -239.8
Maine 13.3% 6.1% 6.3% 6.1% 9 -13.8% -87.3 -14.2% -90.2 -14.2% -90.2
Maryland 9.3% 6.6% 6.2% 6.6% 16 -11.9% -329.7 -12.8% -358.5 -12.8% -358.5
Massachusetts 9.9% 13.5% 13.4% 13.5% 47 -16.4% -605 -17.0% -631.9 -17.0% -631.9
Michigan 16.3% 17.6% 17.0% 17.6% 49 -19.2% -850 -19.8% -882.2 -19.8% -882.2
Minnesota 21.2% 6.8% 6.7% 6.8% 15 -12.8% -381.6 -12.7% -378 -12.7% -378
Mississippi 9.9% 5.2% 5.2% 5.2% 22 -7.5% -87.1 -7.9% -92.3 -7.9% -92.3
Missouri 10.6% 6.6% 7.0% 6.6% 20 -9.8% -283.6 -10.2% -296.2 -10.2% -296.2
Montana 10.1% 5.5% 5.5% 5.5% 6 -8.6% -41.6 -9.7% -47.3 -9.7% -47.3
Nebraska 9.0% 2.3% 2.1% 2.3% 1 -7.1% -72.8 -8.1% -84 -8.1% -84
Nevada 5.2% 21.7% 21.3% 21.7% 51 -17.3% -245.3 -17.9% -254.6 -17.9% -254.6
New Hampshire 25.3% 11.9% 12.0% 11.9% 40 -14.6% -99.9 -15.5% -106.7 -15.5% -106.7
New Jersey 14.5% 11.4% 11.9% 11.4% 43 -16.5% -689.5 -17.6% -744.5 -17.6% -744.5
New Mexico 15.2% 4.4% 4.3% 4.4% 8 -9.9% -84.3 -11.4% -98.9 -11.4% -98.9
New York 9.2% 10.8% 10.5% 10.8% 39 -18.3% -1794 -18.8% -1846.9 -18.8% -1846.9
North Carolina 14.5% 9.3% 8.9% 9.3% 33 -11.1% -504.8 -11.9% -548.7 -11.9% -548.7
North Dakota 12.9% 6.9% 6.7% 6.9% 7 -9.5% -41.6 -9.8% -43.1 -9.8% -43.1
Ohio 9.1% 9.6% 9.6% 9.6% 37 -13.6% -757.6 -13.7% -768 -13.7% -768
Oklahoma 13.7% 9.4% 9.4% 9.4% 29 -7.3% -123.9 -7.2% -121.7 -7.2% -121.7
Oregon 12.6% 10.9% 10.3% 10.9% 38 -11.7% -225.9 -12.5% -243.5 -12.5% -243.5
Pennsylvania 14.2% 8.4% 8.9% 8.4% 35 -14.3% -863.8 -15.0% -918.2 -15.0% -918.2
Rhode Island 13.1% 12.9% 12.7% 12.9% 46 -15.9% -79.9 -16.7% -85 -16.7% -85
South Carolina 16.3% 10.0% 9.4% 10.0% 28 -8.8% -193 -10.3% -227.7 -10.3% -227.7
South Dakota 12.5% 6.1% 6.1% 6.1% 11 -7.5% -33.1 -8.5% -37.8 -8.5% -37.8
Tennessee 9.4% 7.9% 7.8% 7.9% 25 -8.5% -265.8 -9.8% -309.2 -9.8% -309.2
Texas 11.3% 9.5% 9.6% 9.5% 34 -7.2% -917.8 -9.0% -1174.3 -9.0% -1174.3
Utah 13.0% 6.0% 5.8% 6.0% 2 -4.8% -75 -6.6% -104.2 -6.6% -104.2
Vermont 8.5% 10.3% 10.4% 10.3% 31 -17.1% -54.1 -16.7% -52.5 -16.7% -52.5
Virginia 12.7% 6.8% 6.6% 6.8% 10 -9.1% -368.1 -10.2% -418.3 -10.2% -418.3
Washington 9.4% 11.3% 10.7% 11.3% 42 -11.8% -408.5 -13.3% -468.1 -13.3% -468.1
Washington D.C. 15.1% 3.8% 3.4% 3.8% 4 -8.4% -67 -9.3% -74.7 -9.3% -74.7
West Virginia 12.9% 8.0% 8.2% 8.0% 32 -12.7% -91.4 -11.3% -80.6 -11.3% -80.6
Wisconsin 12.0% 8.5% 8.7% 8.5% 26 -13.0% -387.7 -13.4% -400.7 -13.4% -400.7
Wyoming 11.1% 7.4% 7.6% 7.4% 24 -9.3% -26.9 -8.6% -24.9 -8.6% -24.9

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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