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News from EPI Nearly every state experienced job growth in February

The State and Regional Employment report for February, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows a continued trend of job gains across the country, with only four states experiencing job losses. Unemployment rates remain a more volatile measure, falling in less than half of the states.

“A tight labor market is important for all workers, but especially for historically disadvantaged groups,” said EPI analyst Janelle Jones. “As economic growth continues at the state level, policy makers should implement policies that help a wide group of working people experience positive economic outcomes.”

From November to February, 46 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with Hawaii (1.3 percent), Nevada (1.3 percent), Wyoming (1.2 percent), Oregon (0.9 percent), and Utah (0.9 percent) making the largest percentage gains. Over that same period, employment fell in four states: North Dakota (-0.4 percent), Arkansas (-0.2 percent), Vermont (-0.2 percent), and Delaware (-0.1 percent).

From November to February, unemployment rates fell in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Kentucky (-0.4 percentage points), Ohio (-0.4 percentage points), Mississippi (-0.3 percentage points), and Wisconsin (-0.3 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. Over the same months, the unemployment rate increased in 10 states, up from 6 states in last month’s report. The following states saw increases in their unemployment rates: Arizona (0.2 percentage points), South Carolina (0.2 percentage points), Alaska (0.1 percentage points), Arkansas (0.1 percentage points), Connecticut (0.1 percentage points), Maryland (0.1 percentage points), Michigan (0.1 percentage points), Missouri (0.1 percentage points), Tennessee (0.1 percentage points), and Texas (0.1 percentage points). In 18 states, there was no change in the unemployment rate.

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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 3.8% 0.0% -0.3% -0.5% 19 1.7% 34000 0.4% 8000 1.9% 38000
Alaska 6.5% 0.0% -0.2% 0.1% 1 1.6% 5100 0.5% 1600 4.1% 13100
Arizona 4.9% -0.2% 0.1% 0.6% 4 2.8% 78000 0.5% 15800 8.7% 234100
Arkansas 3.6% -0.1% -0.1% -1.5% 26 1.1% 13400 0.1% 1300 5.5% 66700
California 4.3% 0.1% 0.0% -1.6% 10 1.6% 271600 0.6% 95400 12.4% 1922300
Colorado 3.4% -0.3% 0.4% -0.7% 31 1.8% 49100 0.6% 16300 17.7% 415400
Connecticut 3.8% 0.0% -0.5% -1.1% 20 0.7% 11600 0.1% 1000 -0.8% -14100
Delaware 3.2% -0.3% -0.7% -0.5% 38 0.9% 4000 0.0% 100 5.4% 23800
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.2% -0.1% 0.0% 2 0.5% 3900 0.1% 1000 13.8% 96700
Florida 3.4% 0.0% -0.3% -1.3% 32 2.4% 206100 0.5% 46300 12.8% 1012100
Georgia 3.8% 0.0% -0.3% -1.2% 21 1.5% 69700 -0.2% -10300 10.0% 415700
Hawaii 2.8% 0.1% 0.5% -0.3% 44 0.6% 3800 0.3% 1800 5.1% 32000
Idaho 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.3% 45 2.5% 18700 0.7% 5600 14.6% 96000
Illinois 4.4% 0.1% 0.1% -1.0% 9 1.4% 83500 0.1% 4000 3.3% 197100
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 0.2% -1.1% 27 1.2% 38700 0.0% 1400 6.0% 181000
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.3% 48 0.7% 10900 -0.3% -4200 4.2% 63900
Kansas 3.5% 0.1% 0.1% -0.8% 30 0.9% 12400 0.1% 1800 2.7% 37300
Kentucky 4.0% -0.2% -0.4% -1.4% 14 1.0% 19500 0.1% 2800 5.0% 93300
Louisiana 4.5% -0.4% -0.4% 0.3% 8 0.1% 1100 0.0% -800 2.3% 45400
Maine 3.3% -0.2% 0.0% -1.5% 34 0.5% 3200 0.0% 200 1.9% 11700
Maryland 3.8% 0.1% -0.3% 0.5% 22 0.7% 19300 -0.1% -2200 5.6% 145700
Massachusetts 2.9% -0.2% -0.6% -1.7% 40 1.0% 37100 0.3% 12200 10.8% 356700
Michigan 4.1% 0.1% -0.2% -3.1% 13 0.8% 37300 0.1% 4000 4.7% 200200
Minnesota 3.3% 0.3% 0.3% -1.4% 35 0.8% 22800 -0.1% -2700 6.9% 192000
Mississippi 4.9% 0.2% 0.1% -0.9% 5 1.0% 11200 0.2% 2900 0.4% 4100
Missouri 3.3% 0.1% 0.0% -2.1% 36 1.0% 30000 0.5% 13800 3.7% 103700
Montana 3.6% -0.2% -0.1% -0.6% 28 0.8% 3900 -0.2% -1000 7.4% 33100
Nebraska 2.9% 0.1% 0.1% -0.1% 41 0.3% 3200 -0.3% -2900 5.9% 56800
Nevada 4.0% -0.4% -0.6% -1.0% 15 3.6% 49600 0.4% 6100 10.3% 132800
New Hampshire 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.1% 49 1.5% 9900 0.4% 3000 6.1% 39700
New Jersey 3.9% -0.1% -0.4% -0.6% 17 1.4% 56300 0.3% 13000 3.2% 129600
New Mexico 5.0% -0.1% 0.1% 1.1% 3 1.6% 13100 0.5% 4400 0.4% 3700
New York 3.9% 0.0% -0.4% -0.9% 18 1.4% 135200 0.6% 56500 11.7% 1022800
North Carolina 4.0% 0.2% 0.0% -0.9% 16 1.6% 69800 0.5% 23000 9.3% 389100
North Dakota 2.3% -0.2% -0.3% -0.7% 50 0.7% 2900 -0.2% -1000 20.0% 72300
Ohio 4.3% -0.4% -0.3% -1.3% 11 0.8% 44400 -0.1% -5700 3.3% 178600
Oklahoma 3.3% 0.1% -0.3% -0.3% 37 1.0% 17000 0.3% 5200 5.8% 92300
Oregon 4.3% 0.0% 0.2% -1.0% 12 2.0% 38300 0.4% 8600 11.7% 204000
Pennsylvania 3.8% -0.3% -0.5% -0.9% 23 1.0% 58300 0.3% 18100 4.2% 244700
Rhode Island 3.7% -0.3% -0.4% -2.3% 24 1.0% 5000 1.0% 5100 2.6% 12700
South Carolina 3.4% 0.2% -0.1% -2.2% 33 2.0% 42300 0.3% 6200 11.8% 229500
South Dakota 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% 0.1% 46 2.6% 11200 -0.4% -1700 9.3% 37900
Tennessee 3.2% -0.1% -0.4% -2.2% 39 1.7% 51600 0.0% 400 10.4% 292800
Texas 3.7% -0.1% -0.3% -0.6% 25 2.4% 294200 0.7% 82900 20.4% 2158800
Utah 2.9% -0.2% -0.2% 0.0% 42 3.0% 45600 0.4% 5600 22.6% 286100
Vermont 2.2% -0.3% -0.5% -2.0% 51 1.3% 4100 1.0% 3000 3.2% 9800
Virginia 2.9% 0.1% -0.2% -0.4% 43 1.1% 43100 0.3% 12100 6.9% 261500
Washington 4.7% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 7 2.7% 91500 0.8% 26800 16.2% 484100
West Virginia 4.9% -0.3% -0.5% 0.3% 6 1.8% 13200 -0.2% -1400 0.8% 5900
Wisconsin 2.8% -0.2% -0.2% -1.9% 47 0.5% 15100 -0.4% -10900 3.5% 100000
Wyoming 3.6% -0.4% -0.4% 0.8% 29 1.4% 4100 0.0% -100 -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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