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News from EPI Most states experience job growth in October

The State and Regional Employment report for October, released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed continued job gains in 41 states, with seven states experiencing job losses. Additionally, in 42 states and the District of Columbia the unemployment rate either declined or held steady.

“The economy added an average of 218,000 jobs each month over the past 3 months,” said Economic Analyst Jessica Schieder. “This growth—coupled with improvements in the employment-to-population ratio—is good news, in that it shows workers are still continuing to rejoin the labor market. Nonetheless, there’s still work to be done to reach full employment.”

From July to October, 43 states added jobs, with New Mexico (1.4 percent), Arizona (1.3 percent), Alaska (1.0 percent), New Hampshire (1.0 percent), and South Dakota (0.9 percent) having the highest percent change in job growth. Over the last three months, the number of jobs fell in seven states and the District of Columbia, with the largest drops occurring in Vermont (-0.5 percent), Idaho (-0.3 percent), Rhode Island (-0.2 percent), and Wisconsin (-0.2 percent).

From July to October, unemployment rates fell in 32 states. Alaska (-0.5 percentage points), North Carolina (-0.5 percentage points), Michigan (-0.4 percentage points), and Oklahoma (-0.4 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. The unemployment rate increased in 12 states. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Colorado (0.4 percentage points), Maine (0.4 percentage points), and Wyoming (0.3 percentage points).

October

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 3.7% -0.1% -0.3% -0.6% 27 1.6% 32300 0.7% 14000 1.6% 33100
Alaska 6.5% 0.0% -0.2% 0.1% 1 0.5% 1700 0.7% 2400 3.3% 10500
Arizona 5.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.8% 4 2.7% 76900 0.5% 14500 8.4% 225300
Arkansas 3.8% 0.1% 0.0% -1.3% 23 1.1% 13500 0.5% 6600 5.6% 67200
California 4.2% 0.1% -0.1% -1.7% 13 1.3% 222500 0.2% 40200 11.9% 1841500
Colorado 3.7% 0.1% 0.8% -0.4% 28 1.7% 44800 0.4% 9900 17.0% 399800
Connecticut 3.8% 0.0% -0.7% -1.1% 24 0.3% 4600 -0.1% -1800 -0.9% -15500
Delaware 3.4% -0.1% -0.6% -0.3% 32 0.9% 4300 0.3% 1300 5.4% 23900
Washington D.C. 5.5% 0.2% -0.3% -0.1% 2 0.5% 3800 0.3% 2000 13.6% 95300
Florida 3.5% 0.2% -0.4% -1.2% 30 2.4% 211900 0.6% 49100 12.5% 991000
Georgia 3.9% 0.2% -0.3% -1.1% 18 2.2% 97100 0.6% 28500 10.4% 433500
Hawaii 2.7% 0.1% 0.4% -0.4% 47 0.5% 3200 0.3% 2200 5.1% 32000
Idaho 2.9% 0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 42 2.5% 18600 1.2% 8900 14.3% 94000
Illinois 4.3% 0.0% -0.1% -1.1% 11 1.0% 59100 0.4% 21500 3.0% 180500
Indiana 3.5% 0.0% 0.2% -1.2% 31 1.4% 42600 0.8% 25700 6.2% 185100
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.3% -1.3% 48 0.4% 5800 -0.1% -2000 4.1% 62600
Kansas 3.4% 0.1% -0.1% -0.9% 33 0.6% 8800 -0.2% -2600 2.4% 33300
Kentucky 4.1% -0.2% -0.2% -1.3% 14 1.1% 21100 0.6% 11500 4.9% 91900
Louisiana 4.9% 0.0% 0.2% 0.7% 6 0.3% 5900 -0.2% -4300 2.2% 42100
Maine 3.4% -0.1% 0.2% -1.4% 34 0.7% 4400 1.0% 6400 2.1% 13300
Maryland 3.7% 0.0% -0.5% 0.4% 29 0.5% 12900 0.2% 4400 5.4% 142100
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1% -0.6% -1.6% 40 0.6% 20300 0.5% 18800 10.6% 351100
Michigan 4.0% 0.0% -0.4% -3.2% 15 0.9% 41200 0.4% 18600 4.7% 199800
Minnesota 3.1% 0.2% 0.0% -1.6% 39 0.1% 1500 -0.2% -6200 6.7% 185900
Mississippi 4.8% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 7 1.1% 12100 -0.1% -700 0.2% 1800
Missouri 3.2% 0.1% -0.3% -2.2% 36 0.5% 14800 0.3% 8800 3.2% 89100
Montana 3.8% 0.1% 0.0% -0.4% 25 1.1% 5000 -0.1% -500 7.5% 33700
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.2% 46 0.4% 4500 0.3% 3000 6.1% 59200
Nevada 4.3% -0.1% -0.5% -0.7% 12 3.5% 48400 0.8% 11200 9.7% 125800
New Hampshire 2.4% 0.0% -0.3% -1.1% 49 1.0% 6900 0.8% 5700 6.0% 38800
New Jersey 4.0% 0.1% -0.5% -0.5% 16 0.8% 33000 0.1% 5000 2.7% 108900
New Mexico 5.1% 0.1% 0.0% 1.2% 5 1.0% 8400 0.3% 2200 -0.2% -1400
New York 3.9% 0.0% -0.6% -0.9% 19 1.0% 95400 0.3% 33700 11.1% 975400
North Carolina 3.9% 0.2% -0.3% -1.0% 20 1.4% 64800 0.8% 35300 8.9% 369900
North Dakota 2.4% -0.2% -0.3% -0.6% 50 0.5% 2100 0.1% 600 20.0% 72500
Ohio 4.6% 0.0% 0.1% -1.0% 8 0.6% 36100 0.3% 16800 3.3% 176100
Oklahoma 3.3% 0.2% -0.5% -0.3% 35 0.9% 14300 -0.1% -1000 5.5% 88900
Oregon 4.4% 0.1% 0.2% -0.9% 10 1.5% 29500 0.6% 10600 11.2% 194900
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.2% -0.5% -0.7% 17 0.7% 43300 0.3% 15700 3.9% 226400
Rhode Island 3.9% -0.1% -0.4% -2.1% 21 -0.3% -1600 -0.3% -1400 1.4% 7000
South Carolina 3.2% 0.0% -0.6% -2.4% 37 1.5% 31100 0.6% 13500 11.4% 222900
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0% -0.2% 0.2% 43 2.0% 8600 0.6% 2600 9.3% 38000
Tennessee 3.2% -0.1% -0.4% -2.2% 38 1.7% 53000 0.3% 9400 10.4% 290900
Texas 3.8% 0.1% -0.3% -0.5% 26 2.2% 268800 0.4% 47700 19.8% 2093600
Utah 3.0% -0.2% -0.1% 0.1% 41 2.9% 43700 0.9% 13300 22.2% 280900
Vermont 2.4% -0.2% -0.3% -1.8% 51 0.4% 1400 0.0% -100 2.7% 8200
Virginia 2.9% 0.1% -0.3% -0.4% 44 0.8% 31500 0.4% 16800 6.5% 246400
Washington 4.5% 0.0% -0.1% -0.2% 9 2.0% 66700 0.4% 15400 15.0% 448500
West Virginia 5.2% 0.1% -0.2% 0.6% 3 2.4% 17500 0.8% 6100 1.0% 7400
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.1% 0.0% -1.8% 45 0.4% 11400 0.4% 12200 3.7% 107500
Wyoming 3.9% -0.2% -0.1% 1.1% 22 1.6% 4500 0.2% 600 -2.0% -5800

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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