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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 3.9% 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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