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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 February 2020 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 February 2020 Change in number of jobs since since February 2020
Alabama 12.90% 10.2% 9.70% 10.20% 25 -9.70% -201200 -10.40% -216500 -10.50% -218800
Alaska 12.90% 6.9% 6.80% 7.10% 26 -14.50% -48000 -14.20% -46800 -14.50% -47900
Arizona 12.60% 8.1% 7.80% 8.10% 23 -8.20% -238400 -10.20% -305600 -10.40% -309500
Arkansas 10.20% 6.7% 6.70% 6.70% 9 -8.40% -107900 -8.70% -111500 -8.70% -111700
California 15.50% 11.6% 11.30% 11.60% 42 -13.40% -2324000 -14.40% -2534200 -14.50% -2555200
Colorado 11.30% 8.8% 8.40% 8.80% 16 -10.70% -296200 -12.10% -340400 -12.10% -340000
Connecticut 7.90% 4.2% 4.20% 4.10% 1 -16.40% -276800 -16.80% -285700 -17.00% -288400
Delaware 14.30% 10.3% 10.70% 10.40% 31 -16.10% -74900 -16.80% -78700 -17.30% -81800
Florida 12.90% 10.1% 9.60% 10.10% 27 -11.30% -1010500 -12.80% -1158600 -12.80% -1161400
Georgia 11.90% 8.8% 8.30% 8.80% 20 -10.30% -473100 -11.30% -524800 -11.30% -525600
Hawaii 22.30% 19.6% 19.60% 19.60% 49 -18.50% -121200 -19.30% -127000 -19.10% -125600
Idaho 11.50% 8.7% 8.60% 8.80% 19 -9.00% -68200 -10.60% -81400 -10.90% -84100
Illinois 16.40% 12.9% 12.20% 13.00% 45 -13.40% -822800 -13.60% -834500 -13.40% -823100
Indiana 16.90% 13.8% 13.50% 13.80% 47 -13.30% -420500 -13.60% -431500 -13.70% -434800
Iowa 10.20% 7.4% 7.50% 7.40% 10 -12.10% -191200 -12.00% -189700 -11.80% -186000
Kansas 11.20% 8.1% 8.00% 8.10% 15 -9.30% -133200 -9.80% -140600 -9.90% -141800
Kentucky 15.40% 11.1% 11.10% 11.20% 39 -15.50% -299900 -15.90% -308500 -15.90% -309700
Louisiana 14.50% 9.2% 10.00% 9.30% 32 -13.70% -273100 -13.50% -267700 -13.70% -273900
Maine 10.60% 7.5% 7.50% 7.40% 12 -16.20% -102800 -16.80% -107400 -16.60% -105600
Maryland 9.90% 6.6% 6.20% 6.60% 8 -12.70% -351000 -13.60% -379800 -13.60% -380100
Massachusetts 15.10% 12.3% 12.10% 12.30% 35 -17.30% -638000 -17.90% -663200 -18.00% -666800
Michigan 22.70% 18.9% 18.40% 19.10% 50 -23.00% -1017100 -23.30% -1036800 -23.50% -1047700
Minnesota 8.10% 4.9% 4.90% 5.00% 2 -12.90% -382900 -13.20% -394100 -13.00% -387600
Mississippi 15.40% 9.9% 10.10% 10.00% 40 -10.30% -118600 -10.60% -122800 -10.80% -125500
Missouri 9.70% 6.2% 6.50% 6.20% 6 -11.30% -328500 -11.60% -338000 -11.60% -339300
Montana 11.30% 7.8% 7.80% 7.80% 17 -11.60% -56200 -12.80% -62800 -12.90% -63000
Nebraska 8.30% 5.4% 5.20% 5.40% 3 -7.90% -81300 -9.00% -93700 -9.00% -93500
Nevada 28.20% 24.6% 24.20% 24.60% 51 -18.00% -254800 -18.90% -269800 -18.70% -266500
New Hampshire 16.30% 13.7% 13.80% 13.70% 44 -16.30% -111800 -17.10% -118500 -17.10% -117800
New Jersey 15.30% 11.5% 11.90% 11.50% 38 -18.70% -784300 -19.60% -831700 -19.60% -832800
New Mexico 11.30% 6.5% 6.30% 6.50% 18 -10.40% -89200 -11.70% -101700 -11.80% -102200
New York 14.50% 10.7% 10.50% 10.80% 33 -19.40% -1904900 -19.80% -1944600 -19.80% -1951500
North Carolina 12.20% 8.6% 8.10% 8.60% 22 -12.40% -568200 -13.30% -612700 -13.40% -616000
North Dakota 8.50% 6.2% 6.20% 6.30% 4 -9.70% -42800 -10.00% -44300 -10.00% -44300
Ohio 16.80% 12.7% 12.70% 12.70% 46 -15.70% -876700 -15.70% -881400 -15.80% -883700
Oklahoma 13.70% 10.4% 10.50% 10.50% 28 -8.70% -148100 -8.60% -145700 -8.50% -144600
Oregon 14.20% 10.9% 10.20% 10.90% 30 -12.70% -246600 -13.50% -264600 -13.60% -266600
Pennsylvania 15.10% 10.4% 11.00% 10.40% 36 -17.20% -1044000 -17.80% -1082400 -17.90% -1095400
Rhode Island 17.00% 13.6% 13.40% 13.60% 48 -18.60% -93800 -19.20% -97200 -19.40% -98700
South Carolina 12.10% 9.7% 8.80% 9.60% 21 -11.70% -254600 -13.10% -290200 -13.20% -292100
South Dakota 10.20% 6.8% 7.00% 6.90% 11 -7.60% -33500 -8.80% -39000 -8.80% -39300
Tennessee 14.70% 11.4% 11.20% 11.30% 34 -11.00% -341000 -12.10% -382100 -12.30% -387200
Texas 12.80% 9.3% 9.30% 9.30% 24 -8.70% -1110600 -10.40% -1345900 -10.70% -1388800
Utah 9.70% 7.2% 7.00% 7.20% 7 -7.00% -109100 -8.70% -138500 -8.90% -141300
Vermont 15.60% 13.2% 13.30% 13.20% 43 -21.50% -68100 -20.80% -65500 -20.80% -65300
Virginia 10.60% 7.9% 7.70% 8.00% 13 -9.00% -365200 -10.10% -411700 -10.10% -415900
Washington 15.40% 11.5% 11.00% 11.60% 41 -14.10% -488500 -15.60% -548500 -15.70% -552400
Washington D.C. 11.10% 5.9% 5.50% 6.00% 14 -7.80% -62100 -8.50% -68400 -8.70% -69600
West Virginia 15.20% 10.2% 10.50% 10.30% 37 -14.30% -103400 -13.40% -95500 -12.90% -92000
Wisconsin 14.10% 10.6% 10.80% 10.60% 29 -15.30% -455600 -15.50% -464700 -15.50% -465300
Wyoming 9.20% 5.5% 5.70% 5.50% 5 -9.00% -26000 -8.40% -24300 -8.60% -24700

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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