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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 4.1% 0.0% 0.2% -0.2% 32 1.3% 25,800 0.3% 6,700 0.6% 13,000
Alaska 6.5% -0.6% -0.7% 0.1% 51 -0.7% -2300 -0.3% -1000 2.3% 7,200
Arizona 4.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 46 2.9% 81,400 1.3% 38,000 7.4% 197,100
Arkansas 3.5% -0.3% -0.2% -1.6% 18 1.1% 13,200 0.5% 5900 3.8% 46,300
California 4.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.8% 33 2.0% 339,600 0.5% 90,200 11.1% 1,723,000
Colorado 3.1% 0.4% 0.1% -1.0% 12 2.9% 77,200 0.5% 13,600 16.9% 397,900
Connecticut 4.2% -0.2% -0.3% -0.7% 38 1.2% 19900 0.2% 3,300 -0.2% -4,000
Delaware 4.0% 0.1% -0.5% 0.3% 30 1.8% 8000 0.8% 3500 5.1% 22,700
Washington D.C. 5.7% 0.1% -0.3% 0.1% 50 1.0% 8,000 0.8% 6000 14.2% 99,500
Florida 3.5% -0.3% -0.4% -1.2% 19 4.8% 407,300 0.8% 69,100 11.5% 910,700
Georgia 3.7% -0.4% -0.8% -1.3% 25 2.5% 111,100 0.9% 39,000 9.6% 399,900
Hawaii 2.2% 0.1% 0.0% -0.9% 1 1.8% 11,600 0.3% 1800 5.9% 36,900
Idaho 2.7% -0.2% -0.3% -0.4% 3 2.7% 19,200 0.1% 500 12.6% 82,700
Illinois 4.1% -0.2% -0.9% -1.3% 34 0.8% 50,300 0.0% -300 2.3% 139,700
Indiana 3.5% 0.2% 0.0% -1.2% 20 0.9% 28,000 0.5% 16,700 4.8% 144,300
Iowa 2.5% -0.2% -0.5% -1.2% 2 1.1% 17,600 -0.1% -2100 4.3% 64,900
Kansas 3.3% -0.1% -0.3% -1.0% 15 1.4% 19,600 0.0% -500 2.7% 37,100
Kentucky 4.5% 0.3% -0.2% -0.9% 42 0.8% 14,500 0.4% 8400 4.3% 80,400
Louisiana 5.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.8% 48 1.0% 19900 0.0% -600 2.7% 52,100
Maine 3.3% 0.4% 0.0% -1.5% 16 0.7% 4500 -0.1% -900 1.3% 8000
Maryland 4.2% -0.1% 0.2% 0.9% 39 0.9% 25,200 0.5% 14000 5.2% 136,800
Massachusetts 3.6% 0.1% 0.0% -1.0% 22 1.8% 63,400 0.1% 2,100 10.8% 358,600
Michigan 4.0% -0.4% -0.7% -3.2% 31 1.4% 63,300 0.2% 9,500 4.5% 192,800
Minnesota 2.8% -0.3% -0.5% -1.9% 6 1.3% 38,200 0.2% 7200 7.3% 203,200
Mississippi 4.8% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 47 1.8% 20,300 0.3% 3200 0.8% 9,700
Missouri 3.2% -0.3% -0.4% -2.2% 13 1.4% 39,300 0.2% 6,500 3.9% 108,500
Montana 3.6% -0.2% -0.5% -0.6% 23 1.6% 7,400 0.7% 3100 7.5% 33,400
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 7 1.7% 17,400 0.3% 2,900 6.9% 66,600
Nevada 4.5% -0.2% -0.4% -0.5% 43 3.2% 43,500 1.0% 14,200 7.9% 101,500
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.0% 0.1% -0.8% 4 2.2% 14,900 0.2% 1400 6.1% 39,700
New Jersey 4.2% -0.1% -0.5% -0.3% 40 1.4% 58,000 0.2% 8,400 2.7% 111,600
New Mexico 4.6% -0.3% -1.4% 0.7% 44 2.6% 21,200 0.9% 7,800 0.2% 1,300
New York 4.1% -0.4% -0.6% -0.7% 35 1.0% 95,300 0.1% 6,900 9.9% 871,200
North Carolina 3.8% -0.4% -0.6% -1.1% 26 1.9% 82,300 -0.3% -13,800 8.2% 340,000
North Dakota 2.7% 0.1% 0.1% -0.3% 5 1.1% 4800 0.5% 2300 20.1% 72,800
Ohio 4.6% 0.1% -0.4% -1.0% 45 1.9% 104,600 0.5% 30,400 4.1% 220,800
Oklahoma 3.5% -0.4% -0.6% -0.1% 21 2.0% 34,000 0.5% 8900 5.9% 94,400
Oregon 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% -1.5% 27 2.3% 43,200 0.3% 6,100 10.6% 184,700
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.2% -0.7% -0.6% 36 1.3% 78,700 0.3% 17,200 3.9% 224,000
Rhode Island 3.9% -0.4% -0.6% -2.1% 29 1.4% 7,000 -0.1% -500 2.9% 14,300
South Carolina 3.3% -0.5% -0.9% -2.3% 17 1.3% 27,600 -0.6% -13400 8.4% 164,000
South Dakota 3.0% -0.2% -0.4% 0.3% 10 1.4% 6200 0.4% 1600 8.1% 33,200
Tennessee 3.6% 0.1% 0.3% -1.8% 24 2.1% 63,900 0.5% 15800 9.9% 276,500
Texas 3.8% -0.2% -0.2% -0.5% 28 3.3% 406,400 0.5% 65,300 19.7% 2,076,400
Utah 3.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.3% 14 3.6% 52,400 0.9% 14,200 20.8% 262,700
Vermont 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% -1.3% 8 -0.6% -1900 -1.0% -3100 1.3% 4,000
Virginia 2.9% -0.3% -0.7% -0.4% 9 1.7% 68,400 0.5% 19,800 6.6% 248,200
Washington 4.4% -0.3% -0.3% -0.3% 41 3.2% 105,200 0.8% 25,700 14.9% 447,400
West Virginia 5.2% -0.1% -0.1% 0.6% 49 0.8% 5900 0.1% 600 -1.1% -8500
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.1% -0.3% -1.7% 11 1.4% 41,700 0.3% 8,900 3.7% 107,500
Wyoming 4.1% 0.4% 0.0% 1.3% 37 2.2% 6,300 0.7% 2100 -2.2% -6,400

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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