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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 3.9% -0.2% 0.1% -0.4% 29 2.2% 43,600 0.9% 17,600 1.6% 32,600
Alaska 6.3% -0.2% -0.9% -0.1% 51 -0.1% -400 -0.3% -1100 2.2% 7,100
Arizona 4.8% 0.2% 0.1% 0.5% 47 3.4% 94,100 0.5% 13,900 7.8% 209,700
Arkansas 3.6% 0.1% -0.1% -1.5% 21 1.4% 17,100 0.2% 2,600 4.0% 48,700
California 4.2% 0.1% -0.3% -1.7% 38 1.7% 284,300 0.5% 87,000 11.7% 1,807,300
Colorado 3.5% 0.4% 0.5% -0.6% 20 2.8% 75,400 0.7% 19,900 17.5% 412,000
Connecticut 4.0% -0.2% -0.5% -0.9% 33 1.2% 19,900 0.3% 5,100 0.0% 200
Delaware 3.7% -0.3% -0.8% 0.0% 26 2.2% 10,200 0.6% 2,700 5.6% 24,800
Washington D.C. 5.5% -0.2% -0.4% -0.1% 50 0.3% 2300 0.1% 800 13.7% 96,200
Florida 3.3% -0.2% -0.6% -1.4% 15 2.7% 231,200 0.7% 61,700 12.1% 959,500
Georgia 3.6% -0.1% -0.9% -1.4% 22 2.5% 113,800 0.6% 27,600 10.3% 430,700
Hawaii 2.5% 0.3% 0.4% -0.6% 2 1.4% 9,500 0.3% 2,100 6.2% 38,800
Idaho 2.6% -0.1% -0.4% -0.5% 4 2.0% 14,500 0.6% 4100 13.2% 86,400
Illinois 4.3% 0.2% -0.6% -1.1% 40 1.2% 71,000 0.5% 28,400 2.8% 167,000
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 0.2% -1.1% 23 1.4% 44,500 0.7% 23,400 5.5% 166,100
Iowa 2.4% -0.1% -0.5% -1.3% 1 1.0% 15,500 0.4% 6700 4.8% 72,900
Kansas 3.3% 0.0% -0.2% -1.0% 16 1.4% 20,100 0.4% 6,400 3.2% 44,600
Kentucky 4.4% -0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 42 1.1% 21,300 0.6% 11,100 4.7% 87,300
Louisiana 4.9% -0.1% 0.2% 0.7% 48 1.1% 21,900 0.1% 2,500 2.9% 56,900
Maine 3.4% 0.1% 0.3% -1.4% 19 0.7% 4,300 -0.2% -1000 1.2% 7,400
Maryland 3.9% -0.3% -0.2% 0.6% 30 1.9% 50,900 0.6% 16,100 5.8% 151,200
Massachusetts 3.3% -0.3% -0.2% -1.3% 17 1.8% 65,800 0.4% 15,300 11.3% 375,600
Michigan 4.0% 0.0% -0.7% -3.2% 34 1.3% 55,000 0.3% 11,800 4.8% 203,400
Minnesota 2.8% 0.0% -0.5% -1.9% 7 1.1% 32,200 0.0% 1,200 7.4% 206,300
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1% -0.1% -1.1% 45 0.9% 11,000 0.4% 4,900 1.1% 12,600
Missouri 3.1% -0.1% -0.6% -2.3% 12 1.4% 39,000 0.2% 6,400 4.2% 117,300
Montana 3.7% 0.1% -0.4% -0.5% 27 1.0% 4,700 0.4% 1,800 7.8% 35,000
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.2% 8 1.2% 12,700 0.0% 500 6.8% 66,200
Nevada 4.4% -0.1% -0.5% -0.6% 43 3.9% 52,400 1.4% 19,400 9.3% 119,600
New Hampshire 2.5% -0.2% -0.1% -1.0% 3 2.7% 18,100 0.7% 5,100 7.1% 46,300
New Jersey 4.0% -0.2% -0.7% -0.5% 35 1.5% 61,900 0.3% 12,800 3.0% 124,400
New Mexico 4.7% 0.1% -1.3% 0.8% 46 2.4% 19,900 0.4% 3,100 0.8% 6,500
New York 3.9% -0.2% -0.8% -0.9% 31 1.3% 121,900 0.5% 48,100 10.6% 925,600
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2% -0.9% -1.3% 24 2.0% 87,200 0.6% 25,400 8.9% 371,700
North Dakota 2.7% 0.0% 0.1% -0.3% 5 2.1% 9,000 0.0% 200 20.2% 73,200
Ohio 4.6% 0.0% -0.3% -1.0% 44 2.1% 116,500 0.3% 14,500 4.3% 232,700
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.3% -0.9% -0.4% 13 1.5% 25,500 0.2% 3,700 6.0% 96,900
Oregon 4.1% 0.3% 0.0% -1.2% 36 1.9% 35,100 0.3% 4,900 11.2% 194,000
Pennsylvania 4.2% 0.1% -0.6% -0.5% 39 1.2% 74,800 0.4% 23,500 4.4% 256,800
Rhode Island 3.9% 0.0% -0.6% -2.1% 32 1.4% 7,100 0.5% 2400 3.5% 17,200
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0% -0.9% -2.3% 18 2.0% 41,200 1.7% 36,100 10.4% 202,200
South Dakota 2.9% -0.1% -0.5% 0.2% 10 2.0% 8,800 1.1% 4,700 9.5% 38,800
Tennessee 3.6% 0.0% 0.3% -1.8% 25 2.0% 59,100 0.3% 7,700 10.0% 281,800
Texas 3.7% -0.1% -0.3% -0.6% 28 3.2% 391,800 0.7% 90,700 20.7% 2,182,000
Utah 3.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 14 3.1% 46,400 0.8% 11,900 21.5% 271,500
Vermont 2.7% -0.2% -0.2% -1.5% 6 -0.1% -200 0.2% 600 1.6% 4,800
Virginia 2.8% -0.1% -0.8% -0.5% 9 1.9% 77,000 0.2% 6,100 6.7% 254,100
Washington 4.3% -0.1% -0.4% -0.4% 41 3.1% 104,000 0.8% 26,400 15.9% 477,600
West Virginia 5.1% -0.1% -0.3% 0.5% 49 0.6% 4,700 0.2% 1,300 -0.9% -6,900
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0% -0.2% -1.7% 11 1.6% 48,300 0.7% 19,400 4.3% 123,900
Wyoming 4.1% 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 37 2.8% 8,000 1.0% 2,800 -1.2% -3,600

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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