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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 3.7% 0.0% -0.4% -0.6% 1.8% 1.7% 37400 0.3% 7100 2.0% 40800
Alaska 6.4% -0.1% -0.2% 0.0% 1.7% 1.6% 5600 0.6% 2100 4.3% 13600
Arizona 4.9% -0.2% 0.2% 0.6% 2.7% 2.8% 76200 0.6% 18400 9.0% 240200
Arkansas 3.6% -0.2% -0.1% -1.5% 1.0% 1.1% 12500 0.0% 0 5.5% 66600
California 4.2% 0.0% 0.0% -1.7% 1.6% 1.6% 282700 0.6% 96500 12.6% 1944300
Colorado 3.2% -0.5% 0.1% -0.9% 1.7% 1.8% 45900 0.6% 17300 17.7% 416700
Connecticut 3.8% 0.0% -0.4% -1.1% 0.4% 0.7% 6600 0.0% -700 -0.9% -15400
Delaware 3.2% -0.2% -0.6% -0.5% 0.6% 0.9% 2700 -0.2% -1000 5.3% 23500
Washington D.C. 5.7% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5% 0.5% 3600 0.1% 900 13.8% 96300
Florida 3.4% -0.1% -0.3% -1.3% 2.5% 2.4% 214500 0.5% 40500 13.0% 1030700
Georgia 3.8% -0.1% -0.2% -1.2% 1.5% 1.5% 69100 -0.2% -7100 10.2% 424200
Hawaii 2.8% 0.1% 0.5% -0.3% 0.3% 0.6% 2200 -0.1% -700 4.9% 30500
Idaho 2.8% -0.1% -0.1% -0.3% 2.5% 2.5% 18400 0.7% 5200 14.9% 97800
Illinois 4.4% 0.1% 0.1% -1.0% 1.2% 1.4% 74700 0.2% 9900 3.2% 192200
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 0.1% -1.1% 0.8% 1.2% 24400 -0.2% -6800 5.8% 174700
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.3% 0.4% 0.7% 6300 0.2% 2800 4.2% 64800
Kansas 3.5% 0.1% 0.2% -0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 12900 0.5% 6400 2.8% 38400
Kentucky 4.0% -0.1% -0.4% -1.4% 1.0% 1.0% 18900 0.0% 0 4.9% 91500
Louisiana 4.4% -0.5% -0.6% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 1900 0.1% 1500 2.3% 44800
Maine 3.3% -0.2% 0.0% -1.5% 0.2% 0.5% 1300 -0.5% -3400 1.5% 9200
Maryland 3.8% 0.1% -0.2% 0.5% 0.5% 0.7% 15000 0.0% 1100 5.5% 143300
Massachusetts 3.0% 0.0% -0.5% -1.6% 0.7% 1.0% 26700 -0.1% -1900 10.5% 349400
Michigan 4.2% 0.2% 0.0% -3.0% 0.5% 0.8% 23400 -0.2% -7000 4.5% 190700
Minnesota 3.3% 0.2% 0.4% -1.4% 0.2% 0.8% 5400 0.1% 1800 6.8% 188700
Mississippi 5.0% 0.2% 0.2% -0.8% 1.0% 1.0% 12100 0.4% 5200 0.5% 5700
Missouri 3.3% 0.1% 0.1% -2.1% 1.1% 1.0% 31000 0.7% 20900 3.7% 104100
Montana 3.6% -0.2% -0.1% -0.6% 1.0% 0.8% 4600 0.3% 1300 7.8% 34800
Nebraska 3.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3% 4800 0.3% 3100 6.3% 61100
Nevada 4.0% -0.3% -0.6% -1.0% 4.0% 3.6% 55200 1.1% 15200 10.9% 141200
New Hampshire 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.1% 1.4% 1.5% 9300 0.2% 1100 6.1% 39400
New Jersey 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% -0.7% 1.1% 1.4% 45900 0.2% 7600 2.9% 119100
New Mexico 5.0% -0.1% 0.2% 1.1% 1.8% 1.6% 15300 0.8% 6600 0.6% 5200
New York 4.0% 0.1% -0.2% -0.8% 1.0% 1.4% 98200 0.2% 18200 11.4% 995200
North Carolina 4.1% 0.2% 0.1% -0.8% 1.5% 1.6% 67000 0.5% 24900 9.4% 393400
North Dakota 2.3% -0.1% -0.3% -0.7% 0.6% 0.7% 2800 0.5% 2100 20.4% 74000
Ohio 4.1% -0.5% -0.5% -1.5% 0.8% 0.8% 42900 0.0% 400 3.2% 175500
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.1% -0.3% -0.4% 0.6% 1.0% 9900 0.2% 2600 5.6% 89100
Oregon 4.2% -0.2% 0.2% -1.1% 2.0% 2.0% 37500 0.6% 11700 11.8% 205900
Pennsylvania 3.8% -0.2% -0.5% -0.9% 0.9% 1.0% 54900 0.2% 10900 4.1% 240000
Rhode Island 3.6% -0.3% -0.4% -2.4% 0.4% 1.0% 2100 0.7% 3500 2.3% 11100
South Carolina 3.5% 0.3% 0.1% -2.1% 1.9% 2.0% 40900 0.3% 7200 11.8% 230300
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0% -0.2% 0.2% 1.9% 2.6% 8400 0.0% 100 9.3% 38100
Tennessee 3.3% 0.1% -0.3% -2.1% 1.6% 1.7% 47400 0.1% 4300 10.5% 295700
Texas 3.5% -0.3% -0.4% -0.8% 2.3% 2.4% 286300 0.6% 80300 20.7% 2182600
Utah 2.9% -0.1% -0.2% 0.0% 2.8% 3.0% 42600 0.4% 6400 22.8% 288600
Vermont 2.1% -0.3% -0.6% -2.1% 1.2% 1.3% 3900 0.3% 900 3.0% 9400
Virginia 3.0% 0.1% 0.0% -0.3% 0.8% 1.1% 32000 0.2% 6600 6.7% 252600
Washington 4.7% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 2.8% 2.7% 94600 1.5% 50300 16.5% 493200
West Virginia 4.8% -0.4% -0.5% 0.2% 0.7% 1.8% 5200 -0.2% -1500 0.8% 6100
Wisconsin 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% -1.9% 0.5% 0.5% 15000 -0.1% -2900 3.6% 104300
Wyoming 3.5% -0.4% -0.5% 0.7% 1.6% 1.4% 4500 0.1% 300 -1.8% -5300

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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