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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 4.1% 0.0% 0.3% -0.2% 33 1.7% 33,600 0.6% 13,100 1.0% 20,900
Alaska 6.4% -0.5% -0.8% 0.0% 51 0.1% 400 1.0% 3200 3.3% 10,500
Arizona 4.7% 0.1% 0.0% 0.4% 46 3.1% 86,700 1.3% 37,300 7.5% 200,800
Arkansas 3.5% -0.2% -0.2% -1.6% 20 0.7% 8,400 0.2% 2500 3.7% 44,900
California 4.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.8% 34 1.8% 308,700 0.5% 89,500 11.3% 1,756,700
Colorado 3.2% 0.4% 0.2% -0.9% 13 2.7% 72,000 0.3% 8,100 16.9% 396,900
Connecticut 4.2% -0.2% -0.3% -0.7% 39 1.3% 22300 0.2% 3,400 -0.2% -3,400
Delaware 3.9% 0.0% -0.6% 0.2% 30 1.1% 4900 0.4% 1800 5.2% 22,800
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% -0.3% 0.0% 50 0.2% 1,900 -0.1% -700 13.7% 95,800
Florida 3.4% -0.3% -0.5% -1.3% 17 2.7% 232,600 0.5% 45,600 11.5% 915,600
Georgia 3.6% -0.3% -0.9% -1.4% 23 2.1% 93,600 0.8% 34,600 9.7% 405,500
Hawaii 2.3% 0.2% 0.2% -0.8% 1 1.7% 10,900 0.0% 200 5.9% 37,000
Idaho 2.7% -0.2% -0.3% -0.4% 4 2.1% 15,300 -0.3% -1900 12.6% 82,900
Illinois 4.2% 0.0% -0.7% -1.2% 40 1.0% 59,300 0.1% 8900 2.5% 148,900
Indiana 3.5% 0.1% 0.0% -1.2% 21 0.8% 25,400 0.3% 9,000 4.9% 146,100
Iowa 2.4% -0.2% -0.5% -1.3% 2 1.4% 21,800 0.3% 4300 4.6% 70,100
Kansas 3.3% -0.1% -0.2% -1.0% 15 1.4% 19,500 -0.1% -1300 2.8% 38,600
Kentucky 4.5% 0.2% -0.1% -0.9% 43 0.5% 10,400 0.0% -600 4.0% 74,000
Louisiana 5.0% 0.1% 0.3% 0.8% 48 1.0% 19400 0.2% 3500 2.8% 54,400
Maine 3.4% 0.4% 0.2% -1.4% 18 1.3% 7900 0.1% 500 1.4% 8400
Maryland 4.1% -0.2% 0.1% 0.8% 35 1.4% 38,500 0.6% 16500 5.6% 145,800
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1% 0.0% -1.1% 22 1.8% 64,400 0.1% 4,500 11.0% 364,700
Michigan 3.9% -0.4% -0.8% -3.3% 31 1.4% 61,800 0.3% 12,400 4.6% 195,100
Minnesota 2.8% -0.2% -0.5% -1.9% 5 1.2% 35,600 0.0% 1400 7.5% 208,500
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1% -0.1% -1.1% 47 1.2% 13,800 0.3% 3400 0.7% 8,500
Missouri 3.1% -0.3% -0.5% -2.3% 12 1.6% 44,600 0.4% 12,500 4.1% 114,900
Montana 3.7% 0.0% -0.4% -0.5% 25 1.5% 7,100 0.4% 1800 7.5% 33,700
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 6 1.6% 16,100 0.0% -300 6.7% 64,600
Nevada 4.4% -0.2% -0.5% -0.6% 42 3.4% 45,800 0.7% 9,700 8.1% 105,300
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1% 0.0% -0.9% 3 2.3% 15,300 1.0% 6600 6.9% 45,100
New Jersey 4.1% -0.1% -0.6% -0.4% 36 1.7% 68,500 0.5% 19,200 3.2% 129,000
New Mexico 4.6% -0.1% -1.4% 0.7% 44 2.7% 22,300 1.4% 11,400 0.7% 6,000
New York 4.0% -0.3% -0.7% -0.8% 32 1.3% 122,800 0.5% 46,400 10.3% 899,500
North Carolina 3.6% -0.5% -0.9% -1.3% 24 2.3% 103,500 0.3% 12,900 9.0% 374,200
North Dakota 2.8% 0.2% 0.2% -0.2% 7 1.2% 5100 0.2% 800 20.1% 72,900
Ohio 4.6% 0.0% -0.3% -1.0% 45 2.1% 115,400 0.6% 35,400 4.2% 229,100
Oklahoma 3.4% -0.4% -0.7% -0.2% 19 1.4% 23,200 0.3% 4700 5.8% 92,600
Oregon 3.8% -0.1% -0.4% -1.5% 28 2.5% 46,500 0.6% 11,700 11.1% 193,700
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1% -0.7% -0.6% 37 1.5% 92,300 0.7% 40,000 4.3% 251,800
Rhode Island 3.8% -0.3% -0.7% -2.2% 29 1.3% 6,300 -0.2% -1200 3.1% 15,300
South Carolina 3.3% -0.3% -0.9% -2.3% 16 1.8% 37,800 0.4% 7900 9.5% 185,100
South Dakota 3.0% -0.1% -0.4% 0.3% 10 1.7% 7300 0.9% 4000 8.7% 35,600
Tennessee 3.7% 0.2% 0.4% -1.7% 26 2.0% 59,300 0.5% 16600 10.0% 280,100
Texas 3.7% -0.3% -0.2% -0.6% 27 3.1% 384,800 0.7% 91,200 20.1% 2,123,600
Utah 3.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.3% 14 3.3% 48,600 0.5% 8,100 20.8% 263,400
Vermont 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -1.4% 8 -0.9% -2800 -0.5% -1500 1.2% 3,700
Virginia 2.9% -0.2% -0.7% -0.4% 9 1.8% 71,400 0.5% 21,800 6.6% 250,700
Washington 4.3% -0.3% -0.4% -0.4% 41 3.3% 109,600 0.9% 30,100 15.5% 463,600
West Virginia 5.2% -0.2% -0.2% 0.6% 49 0.9% 6900 0.3% 1900 -0.9% -6700
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.1% -0.2% -1.7% 11 1.1% 31,500 -0.2% -6,000 3.5% 101,000
Wyoming 4.1% 0.3% -0.1% 1.3% 38 2.1% 6,000 0.5% 1300 -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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