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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 3.5% -0.2% -0.6% -0.8% 23 1.9% 39300 0.6% 11700 2.4% 48600
Alaska 6.4% -0.1% -0.2% 0.0% 1 1.4% 4700 0.2% 700 4.1% 13200
Arizona 4.9% -0.1% 0.2% 0.6% 4 2.8% 80200 0.9% 25400 9.3% 248200
Arkansas 3.5% -0.2% -0.2% -1.6% 24 1.3% 16100 0.1% 1800 5.7% 68300
California 4.2% -0.1% 0.0% -1.7% 10 1.7% 296100 0.7% 116400 12.9% 1992700
Colorado 3.0% -0.5% -0.2% -1.1% 39 1.9% 52800 0.9% 23700 18.3% 429600
Connecticut 3.7% -0.2% -0.4% -1.2% 20 0.2% 4000 -0.2% -2800 -1.0% -17200
Delaware 3.2% -0.1% -0.6% -0.5% 36 0.8% 3800 0.0% 200 5.4% 23700
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2 0.6% 4800 0.3% 2000 14.2% 99200
Florida 3.4% -0.1% -0.2% -1.3% 30 2.5% 218800 0.7% 60500 13.3% 1055900
Georgia 3.7% -0.2% -0.2% -1.3% 21 1.8% 80400 0.3% 14600 10.7% 445200
Hawaii 2.8% 0.0% 0.4% -0.3% 45 0.2% 1200 0.0% 100 4.9% 30900
Idaho 2.8% -0.1% 0.0% -0.3% 46 2.3% 16700 0.6% 4200 15.0% 98300
Illinois 4.3% -0.1% 0.0% -1.1% 8 1.3% 79200 0.5% 32100 3.5% 208300
Indiana 3.5% -0.1% 0.0% -1.2% 25 1.0% 31700 0.0% 1400 6.2% 185900
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.1% -1.3% 49 0.7% 10400 0.7% 10400 4.6% 69600
Kansas 3.4% -0.1% 0.1% -0.9% 31 0.8% 11000 0.6% 8100 2.8% 38500
Kentucky 4.1% 0.1% -0.3% -1.3% 12 1.1% 20700 0.4% 7500 5.2% 96800
Louisiana 4.3% -0.4% -0.7% 0.1% 9 -0.1% -1300 -0.2% -4800 2.2% 41700
Maine 3.2% -0.2% -0.2% -1.6% 37 0.7% 4100 0.2% 1300 2.1% 13200
Maryland 3.8% 0.0% -0.2% 0.5% 18 0.1% 3900 -0.4% -10300 5.1% 134200
Massachusetts 3.0% 0.0% -0.4% -1.6% 40 1.0% 35500 0.3% 11900 11.0% 364500
Michigan 4.2% 0.2% 0.2% -3.0% 11 0.4% 18700 0.0% 900 4.7% 199000
Minnesota 3.3% 0.1% 0.5% -1.4% 34 0.3% 9400 0.2% 5500 7.0% 193900
Mississippi 5.0% 0.1% 0.3% -0.8% 3 1.2% 14300 0.6% 6900 0.7% 8000
Missouri 3.3% 0.0% 0.2% -2.1% 35 1.0% 28900 0.5% 13400 3.7% 105300
Montana 3.5% -0.2% -0.2% -0.7% 26 1.2% 5700 0.9% 4400 8.4% 37600
Nebraska 3.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 41 0.5% 5400 0.6% 6000 6.4% 62200
Nevada 4.0% -0.2% -0.5% -1.0% 15 3.3% 45500 0.2% 3200 10.3% 133200
New Hampshire 2.5% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 48 1.4% 9400 0.5% 3600 6.4% 41500
New Jersey 3.5% -0.6% -0.6% -1.0% 27 1.1% 47600 0.3% 12100 3.2% 129900
New Mexico 4.9% -0.2% 0.1% 1.0% 5 1.7% 14400 0.5% 4600 0.8% 7000
New York 4.0% 0.1% -0.1% -0.8% 16 1.0% 97100 0.2% 21600 11.6% 1018100
North Carolina 4.1% 0.1% 0.2% -0.8% 13 1.4% 64100 0.4% 19000 9.5% 394900
North Dakota 2.3% 0.0% -0.3% -0.7% 50 0.4% 1900 0.6% 2600 20.5% 74300
Ohio 4.0% -0.4% -0.6% -1.6% 17 0.5% 28800 -0.1% -4400 3.2% 172800
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.1% -0.1% -0.4% 38 0.6% 10100 0.3% 4600 5.8% 92500
Oregon 4.1% -0.3% 0.1% -1.2% 14 1.9% 36200 0.2% 4700 11.8% 205400
Pennsylvania 3.8% -0.1% -0.4% -0.9% 19 0.7% 40600 0.0% -2500 4.0% 232800
Rhode Island 3.6% -0.2% -0.4% -2.4% 22 1.1% 5600 1.2% 6100 3.0% 14600
South Carolina 3.5% 0.3% 0.2% -2.1% 28 1.7% 35900 0.4% 8000 11.8% 230800
South Dakota 2.9% 0.1% -0.1% 0.2% 42 2.6% 11200 0.7% 3200 10.1% 41100
Tennessee 3.4% 0.2% -0.2% -2.0% 32 1.7% 52100 0.6% 19100 10.9% 306900
Texas 3.4% -0.4% -0.4% -0.9% 33 2.5% 315600 0.9% 109700 21.2% 2239600
Utah 2.8% -0.2% -0.3% -0.1% 47 2.7% 41300 0.4% 5600 22.9% 290000
Vermont 2.1% -0.2% -0.6% -2.1% 51 1.3% 4200 0.6% 2000 3.3% 10300
Virginia 2.9% 0.0% -0.1% -0.4% 43 0.7% 27600 0.0% -1400 6.7% 252000
Washington 4.6% 0.0% 0.2% -0.1% 7 2.7% 93200 0.8% 26700 16.6% 497300
West Virginia 4.7% -0.4% -0.5% 0.1% 6 1.7% 12000 0.1% 900 1.2% 9000
Wisconsin 2.9% 0.0% -0.2% -1.8% 44 0.4% 11800 0.1% 4100 3.7% 107200
Wyoming 3.5% -0.2% -0.6% 0.7% 29 2.0% 5800 0.4% 1300 -1.4% -4100

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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