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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 4.1% 0.3% 0.0% -0.2% 30 1.1% 23,000 0.3% 6,700 0.3% 6,600
Alaska 6.9% -0.4% -0.3% 0.5% 51 -0.6% -2000 -0.6% -2100 2.5% 8,100
Arizona 4.6% -0.3% -0.1% 0.3% 42 2.2% 61,100 0.5% 14,100 6.0% 160,500
Arkansas 3.7% -0.1% 0.0% -1.4% 21 0.9% 10,600 0.6% 7800 3.6% 43,000
California 4.2% 0.0% -0.5% -1.7% 33 2.0% 332,700 0.4% 75,400 10.8% 1,679,500
Colorado 2.8% -0.1% 0.0% -1.3% 5 2.9% 77,700 0.8% 21,600 16.5% 387,100
Connecticut 4.4% -0.1% -0.2% -0.5% 41 1.0% 16600 0.6% 10,200 -0.5% -8,500
Delaware 3.9% -0.3% -0.7% 0.2% 26 1.4% 6500 0.4% 2000 4.8% 21,100
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% -0.6% 0.0% 50 0.9% 7,300 -0.1% -400 13.5% 94,800
Florida 3.7% -0.2% -0.4% -1.0% 22 2.5% 210,600 0.8% 69,000 11.0% 869,000
Georgia 3.9% -0.4% -0.7% -1.1% 27 1.9% 83,200 0.6% 28,300 8.8% 366,200
Hawaii 2.1% 0.1% -0.2% -1.0% 1 1.9% 12,700 0.4% 2900 5.9% 36,800
Idaho 2.9% 0.0% -0.2% -0.2% 7 3.4% 24,300 0.7% 5,300 12.8% 83,800
Illinois 4.2% -0.2% -0.8% -1.2% 34 1.1% 65,700 0.5% 28600 2.4% 143,700
Indiana 3.4% 0.2% -0.2% -1.3% 15 0.6% 18,900 -0.2% -5,400 4.4% 130,600
Iowa 2.6% -0.2% -0.5% -1.1% 2 1.2% 19,000 0.5% 8400 4.3% 66,300
Kansas 3.4% 0.0% -0.2% -0.9% 16 1.7% 23,400 0.6% 8,800 2.9% 39,800
Kentucky 4.3% 0.3% -0.7% -1.1% 37 0.8% 16,000 0.4% 7500 4.2% 78,300
Louisiana 4.9% 0.4% -0.1% 0.7% 48 1.1% 20800 -0.2% -3900 2.7% 53,000
Maine 3.0% 0.3% -0.5% -1.8% 10 0.9% 5700 0.1% 800 1.3% 7800
Maryland 4.3% 0.0% 0.2% 1.0% 38 0.6% 16,500 0.5% 14500 4.9% 128,100
Massachusetts 3.6% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 19 1.8% 66,800 0.9% 34,200 10.9% 361,300
Michigan 4.3% -0.4% -0.2% -2.9% 39 1.5% 66,300 0.4% 17,000 4.3% 184,200
Minnesota 3.0% -0.2% -0.4% -1.7% 11 1.5% 43,100 1.1% 31800 7.5% 207,200
Mississippi 4.8% 0.2% -0.3% -1.0% 47 1.2% 13,600 -0.1% -900 0.3% 3,700
Missouri 3.4% -0.2% -0.2% -2.0% 17 1.2% 34,700 0.3% 9,900 3.6% 102,100
Montana 3.7% -0.3% -0.3% -0.5% 23 1.1% 5,100 0.7% 3400 7.0% 31,200
Nebraska 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% -0.1% 8 1.7% 17,500 0.7% 6,700 6.8% 65,500
Nevada 4.6% -0.3% -0.4% -0.4% 43 3.4% 46,000 1.1% 14,500 7.5% 96,800
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.1% 0.0% -0.8% 4 1.9% 12,800 0.6% 4000 5.8% 37,900
New Jersey 4.2% -0.3% -0.4% -0.3% 35 1.8% 75,500 0.6% 25,400 2.8% 116,200
New Mexico 4.7% -0.7% -1.4% 0.8% 46 1.6% 13,400 0.3% 2,300 -0.8% -6,400
New York 4.3% -0.3% -0.4% -0.5% 40 1.2% 117,000 0.4% 39,900 10.0% 873,100
North Carolina 4.1% -0.3% -0.3% -0.8% 31 2.4% 106,900 1.1% 48,400 8.7% 364,200
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0% 0.1% -0.4% 3 0.6% 2500 1.8% 7800 19.9% 71,900
Ohio 4.6% 0.3% -0.5% -1.0% 44 1.5% 82,200 0.7% 40,100 3.7% 198,000
Oklahoma 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% 0.2% 24 1.8% 29,500 0.5% 9100 5.3% 85,800
Oregon 3.9% -0.2% -0.2% -1.4% 28 2.5% 47,700 0.8% 15,200 10.6% 184,000
Pennsylvania 4.2% -0.5% -0.6% -0.5% 36 1.2% 71,900 0.1% 8,400 3.6% 208,900
Rhode Island 4.1% -0.4% -0.3% -1.9% 32 1.9% 9,200 0.9% 4700 3.3% 16,000
South Carolina 3.6% -0.6% -0.6% -2.0% 20 1.7% 34,800 0.4% 8500 9.2% 180,000
South Dakota 3.1% -0.3% -0.3% 0.4% 12 1.4% 5900 0.3% 1200 7.6% 31,200
Tennessee 3.5% 0.1% 0.0% -1.9% 18 1.9% 56,300 0.6% 18200 9.4% 263,200
Texas 4.0% -0.1% -0.1% -0.3% 29 3.1% 377,100 0.7% 89,100 19.3% 2,034,600
Utah 3.1% 0.0% -0.2% 0.2% 13 3.5% 51,100 0.7% 11,300 20.1% 253,900
Vermont 2.8% 0.0% -0.2% -1.4% 6 -0.3% -1100 -0.5% -1700 1.6% 4,900
Virginia 3.1% -0.2% -0.6% -0.2% 14 1.6% 62,600 0.6% 23,100 6.4% 240,400
Washington 4.6% -0.2% -0.2% -0.1% 45 3.1% 102,500 0.8% 28,200 14.5% 434,100
West Virginia 5.4% 0.0% 0.3% 0.8% 49 1.0% 7200 0.3% 2300 -1.1% -8200
Wisconsin 2.9% 0.1% -0.4% -1.8% 9 1.3% 38,800 0.6% 16,400 3.7% 107,300
Wyoming 3.8% 0.0% -0.2% 1.0% 25 2.0% 5,500 0.5% 1300 -2.6% -7,700

Jobs refers to the total number of jobs, part-time or full-time, in non-farm establishments.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Local Area Unemployment Statistics data

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