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News from EPI Most states continue to experience job growth while unemployment rates remain stubborn

The State and Regional Employment report for July, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows progress toward full employment at the state level continues, but at a very slow pace. While a majority of states saw job growth, fewer than half experienced declines in unemployment.

From April to July, 43 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with Arkansas (1.3 percent), District of Columbia (1.3 percent), Missouri (1.2 percent), Florida (1.0 percent), and North Dakota (1.0 percent) making the largest percentage job gains. Over that same period, employment fell in only six states: New Mexico (-0.9 percent), Wyoming (-0.9 percent), South Dakota (-0.8 percent), Kansas (-0.6 percent), Montana (-0.5 percent), and Wisconsin (-0.2 percent). In Delaware, the number of jobs was essentially unchanged.

In the second quarter, unemployment fell in 21 states. Tennessee (-1.3 percent), Michigan (-1.0 percent), Alabama (-0.9 percent), Texas (-0.7 percent), and North Carolina (-0.6 percent) saw the largest declines in unemployment. Over those same months, the unemployment rate increased in 21 states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment occurred in Maine (0.7 percent), the District of Columbia (0.5 percent), Alaska (0.4 percent), Massachusetts (0.4 percent), New York (0.4 percent), and Utah (0.4 percent). In eight states, the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged.

July

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 3.8% 0.0% -1.2% -0.5% 20 1.0% 19,300 0.6% 12,600 0.1% 1,600
Alaska 7.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.9% 51 -0.2% -700 0.9% 3000 3.3% 10,500
Arizona 4.9% 0.2% -0.2% 0.6% 46 2.3% 63,300 0.8% 23,500 5.2% 139,100
Arkansas 3.8% 0.1% 0.2% -1.3% 21 0.4% 4,500 0.4% 4800 3.0% 36,400
California 4.3% -0.2% -0.7% -1.6% 29 1.9% 321,000 0.3% 42,900 10.1% 1,565,900
Colorado 3.0% 0.0% 0.4% -1.1% 10 2.4% 62,200 0.8% 21,000 15.2% 357,600
Connecticut 4.5% 0.0% -0.4% -0.4% 36 0.5% 7800 0.3% 4,400 -0.9% -15,300
Delaware 4.3% -0.2% -0.3% 0.6% 30 0.5% 2500 0.9% 4100 4.2% 18,700
Washington D.C. 5.6% -0.3% -0.5% 0.0% 22 0.5% 4,000 0.1% 500 13.5% 94,400
Florida 3.9% 0.0% -0.5% -0.8% 32 2.0% 173,100 0.7% 56,800 9.9% 785,100
Georgia 4.4% -0.1% -0.6% -0.6% 1 1.5% 65,200 0.3% 14,100 7.9% 331,000
Hawaii 2.1% 0.0% -0.5% -1.0% 8 1.3% 8,200 0.7% 4300 5.4% 33,600
Idaho 2.9% -0.1% -0.4% -0.2% 40 3.3% 23,200 0.8% 5,900 11.9% 77,800
Illinois 4.6% -0.3% -0.4% -0.8% 12 0.6% 39,200 0.2% 11900 1.8% 107,900
Indiana 3.2% -0.2% -0.4% -1.5% 5 0.9% 27,500 0.5% 14,700 4.6% 136,300
Iowa 2.8% -0.1% -0.5% -0.9% 14 0.7% 10,600 0.0% -500 3.7% 56,900
Kansas 3.4% -0.1% -0.3% -0.9% 24 0.8% 10,700 0.4% 5,000 2.1% 29,500
Kentucky 4.0% -0.5% -1.2% -1.4% 33 0.2% 4,500 0.2% 3800 3.8% 69,800
Louisiana 4.4% -0.3% -1.2% 0.2% 4 0.6% 12100 0.8% 14800 2.6% 49,800
Maine 2.7% -0.4% -0.6% -2.1% 31 0.5% 2900 0.5% 3,200 1.0% 6300
Maryland 4.3% 0.2% 0.1% 1.0% 18 0.4% 10,800 0.6% 17000 4.5% 117,300
Massachusetts 3.5% 0.0% -0.4% -1.1% 43 1.2% 41,800 0.3% 12,300 9.7% 322,100
Michigan 4.7% 0.0% 0.1% -2.5% 13 1.4% 61,300 0.7% 29,500 4.2% 177,900
Minnesota 3.2% -0.1% -0.4% -1.5% 37 0.7% 21,300 0.3% 7600 6.6% 181,700
Mississippi 4.5% -0.3% -0.8% -1.3% 19 1.3% 14,400 0.3% 3200 0.4% 4,800
Missouri 3.6% -0.1% -0.3% -1.8% 27 1.0% 28,500 0.5% 13,600 3.3% 91,900
Montana 4.1% 0.0% 0.1% -0.1% 6 0.6% 3,000 -0.4% -1,800 6.4% 28,500
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.2% -0.2% 47 0.6% 6,500 0.4% 4,400 6.0% 57,900
Nevada 4.9% 0.0% -0.3% -0.1% 2 2.9% 39,300 1.0% 13,900 6.3% 81,100
New Hampshire 2.6% 0.0% -0.1% -0.9% 41 1.3% 8,500 0.7% 4700 5.1% 32,900
New Jersey 4.6% -0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 50 1.6% 67,100 0.8% 33,500 2.4% 96,000
New Mexico 5.6% -0.4% -0.7% 1.7% 42 1.2% 9,600 0.4% 3,600 -1.2% -9,800
New York 4.6% -0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 38 1.2% 113,300 0.3% 29,700 9.5% 833,400
North Carolina 4.5% 0.0% -0.2% -0.4% 3 1.7% 73,300 0.5% 22,800 7.4% 307,300
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0% 0.0% -0.4% 34 -1.3% -5,500 0.1% 500 17.9% 64,700
Ohio 4.4% -0.5% -0.7% -1.2% 25 1.0% 54,400 0.8% 44,900 3.0% 161,100
Oklahoma 4.0% -0.1% -0.5% 0.4% 28 1.7% 27,900 0.3% 4500 4.7% 75,900
Oregon 4.1% 0.0% 0.0% -1.2% 44 2.2% 41,000 0.5% 9,800 9.7% 168,700
Pennsylvania 4.8% 0.0% -0.2% 0.1% 39 1.4% 84,000 0.2% 11,000 3.3% 193,000
Rhode Island 4.5% 0.0% 0.1% -1.5% 35 1.3% 6,400 0.1% 400 2.2% 10,500
South Carolina 4.4% 0.2% 0.1% -1.2% 15 1.7% 35,600 0.6% 12,800 8.9% 173,800
South Dakota 3.4% 0.0% 0.2% 0.7% 16 1.5% 6300 0.4% 1900 7.8% 31,900
Tennessee 3.4% 0.1% -0.8% -2.0% 26 1.6% 49,000 0.7% 22300 8.7% 245,000
Texas 4.0% 0.0% -0.6% -0.3% 11 2.4% 294,100 0.9% 111,400 18.0% 1,901,600
Utah 3.1% -0.1% -0.2% 0.2% 7 3.3% 48,000 1.1% 16,000 19.1% 241,100
Vermont 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% -1.4% 17 0.2% 600 0.3% 1000 1.9% 6,000
Virginia 3.4% -0.2% -0.5% 0.1% 45 1.0% 39,500 0.8% 33,100 5.6% 210,200
Washington 4.8% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 49 2.8% 91,600 0.7% 22,900 13.2% 396,500
West Virginia 5.4% 0.0% 0.4% 0.8% 48 0.7% 5000 0.4% 3,100 -1.1% -8,500
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.3% -0.4% -1.8% 9 1.0% 29,700 0.7% 20,600 3.3% 96,200
Wyoming 3.9% -0.2% -0.4% 1.1% 23 1.2% 3,500 0.4% 1,200 -3.5% -10,400

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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