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News from EPI Nearly every state experiences job growth in June

The State and Regional Employment report for June, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mirrors positive employment trends at the national level. Unemployment fell in a majority of states, and nearly every state experienced job growth.

From March to June, 44 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with Nevada (1.2 percent), North Dakota (1.2 percent), Alaska (1.1 percent), Oregon (1.0 percent), and Nebraska (0.8 percent) making the largest percentage job gains. Over that same period, employment fell in only six states: Kansas (-0.7 percent), Montana (-0.6 percent), South Dakota (-0.6 percent), Delaware (-0.3 percent), Wyoming (-0.3 percent), and Vermont (-0.1 percent).

From March to June, the unemployment rate fell in 33 states. Tennessee (-1.5 percent), Alabama (-1.2 percent), Michigan (-1.2 percent), and Indiana (-0.9 percent) saw the largest declines in unemployment. Over those same months, the unemployment rate increased in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment occurred in Massachusetts (0.7 percent), Maine (0.5 percent), Alaska (0.4 percent), and the District of Columbia (0.4 percent). In Hawaii and Oklahoma, the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged.

Figure 1

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 3.3% -0.5% -0.7% -1.0% 31 2.0% 40300 0.7% 15100 2.6% 53000
Alaska 6.3% -0.2% -0.3% -0.1% 1 1.4% 4600 0.0% -100 4.0% 12900
Arizona 4.9% 0.0% 0.2% 0.6% 4 2.5% 72200 0.7% 19500 9.4% 251800
Arkansas 3.4% -0.2% -0.2% -1.7% 25 1.0% 12100 0.0% 500 5.6% 67800
California 4.1% -0.2% 0.0% -1.8% 13 1.8% 311800 0.5% 82500 13.0% 2007400
Colorado 2.9% -0.4% -0.4% -1.2% 41 1.9% 52700 0.8% 22700 18.6% 437200
Connecticut 3.6% -0.2% -0.4% -1.3% 20 0.2% 3200 -0.2% -2800 -1.0% -16700
Delaware 3.3% 0.1% -0.4% -0.4% 32 0.5% 2500 -0.3% -1300 5.1% 22400
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 2 1.2% 9700 0.8% 6600 14.7% 102500
Florida 3.3% -0.2% -0.2% -1.4% 33 2.6% 227200 0.8% 67700 13.6% 1081400
Georgia 3.6% -0.2% -0.2% -1.4% 21 1.6% 74300 0.5% 24100 10.7% 445700
Hawaii 2.8% 0.0% 0.3% -0.3% 46 0.7% 4300 0.0% 0 5.1% 31700
Idaho 2.9% 0.1% 0.1% -0.2% 42 2.8% 20600 1.1% 8400 15.8% 104000
Illinois 4.2% -0.2% 0.0% -1.2% 11 1.0% 62700 0.2% 9500 3.4% 204100
Indiana 3.4% -0.2% -0.1% -1.3% 26 0.7% 21800 -0.1% -2200 6.0% 178300
Iowa 2.5% 0.1% 0.1% -1.2% 48 0.6% 10200 0.4% 5900 4.6% 69600
Kansas 3.3% -0.2% 0.0% -1.0% 34 1.0% 14200 0.4% 5300 3.1% 43100
Kentucky 4.3% 0.3% -0.1% -1.1% 8 1.5% 28100 0.5% 10400 5.5% 101800
Louisiana 4.3% -0.2% -0.7% 0.1% 9 -0.1% -1000 -0.1% -2300 2.2% 42900
Maine 3.0% -0.3% -0.4% -1.8% 39 1.0% 6400 0.3% 1800 2.0% 12400
Maryland 3.8% 0.0% -0.1% 0.5% 19 0.1% 2400 -0.5% -12700 5.0% 131800
Massachusetts 2.9% 0.0% -0.4% -1.7% 43 1.0% 37300 0.2% 8000 10.9% 361000
Michigan 4.3% 0.2% 0.3% -2.9% 10 0.4% 17600 -0.1% -4700 4.5% 192400
Minnesota 3.4% 0.1% 0.6% -1.3% 27 0.0% 800 0.1% 4000 7.0% 192600
Mississippi 5.1% 0.2% 0.4% -0.7% 3 1.6% 19000 0.7% 8200 1.0% 11600
Missouri 3.3% 0.0% 0.3% -2.1% 35 1.2% 34700 0.6% 16500 4.2% 118100
Montana 3.4% -0.3% -0.3% -0.8% 28 1.5% 7000 1.0% 4700 8.7% 38700
Nebraska 3.1% 0.2% 0.4% 0.1% 38 0.5% 5100 0.4% 4200 6.5% 62700
Nevada 4.1% 0.1% -0.4% -0.9% 14 3.1% 43400 0.0% 600 10.5% 135900
New Hampshire 2.5% 0.1% 0.0% -1.0% 49 1.5% 10200 0.3% 2200 6.4% 41600
New Jersey 3.3% -0.6% -0.7% -1.2% 36 1.2% 48300 0.0% 600 3.1% 127300
New Mexico 4.9% -0.1% 0.1% 1.0% 5 2.4% 19800 1.0% 8900 1.4% 12000
New York 4.0% 0.1% 0.0% -0.8% 15 1.0% 95500 0.0% 3000 11.5% 1012000
North Carolina 4.2% 0.2% 0.4% -0.7% 12 1.7% 75700 0.3% 13800 9.7% 406100
North Dakota 2.4% 0.1% -0.2% -0.6% 50 0.2% 800 0.3% 1300 20.4% 73900
Ohio 4.0% -0.2% -0.6% -1.6% 16 0.5% 25200 -0.1% -4500 3.2% 174900
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.1% 0.0% -0.4% 37 0.9% 14500 0.5% 8200 6.2% 99000
Oregon 4.0% -0.3% 0.0% -1.3% 17 1.9% 36400 0.1% 1200 11.8% 205900
Pennsylvania 3.9% 0.1% -0.3% -0.8% 18 0.5% 30300 -0.2% -12500 3.9% 227400
Rhode Island 3.5% -0.2% -0.4% -2.5% 23 1.4% 7100 0.9% 4600 3.3% 16300
South Carolina 3.4% 0.0% 0.1% -2.2% 29 1.5% 33200 0.1% 1100 11.8% 230300
South Dakota 2.9% 0.1% -0.1% 0.2% 44 2.1% 9300 0.4% 2000 9.7% 39700
Tennessee 3.5% 0.3% 0.0% -1.9% 24 1.8% 55100 0.6% 18200 11.0% 310000
Texas 3.4% -0.3% -0.4% -0.9% 30 2.6% 323300 0.9% 114100 21.5% 2277100
Utah 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% -0.1% 47 3.1% 47400 1.0% 15400 23.8% 300900
Vermont 2.1% -0.1% -0.6% -2.1% 51 0.9% 2800 0.2% 700 3.4% 10400
Virginia 2.9% 0.0% 0.0% -0.4% 45 0.6% 23000 -0.1% -4700 6.6% 251100
Washington 4.6% -0.1% 0.2% -0.1% 7 3.0% 102400 0.8% 28600 17.1% 512300
West Virginia 4.7% -0.2% -0.5% 0.1% 6 1.0% 7200 0.1% 1100 0.9% 6700
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.2% 0.0% -1.7% 40 0.5% 13600 0.1% 4100 3.7% 106700
Wyoming 3.6% 0.0% -0.5% 0.8% 22 1.7% 4800 0.3% 900 -1.6% -4700

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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