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News from EPI The march toward full employment continues in a majority of states

The State and Regional Employment report for June, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows continues jobs gains in most states, with six only experiencing job losses. In 40 states and the District of Columbia, the unemployment rate either decreased or remained the same.

“While unemployment rates continue to fall across the country, we would like to see this accompanied with real wage growth to definitively say we are at full employment for workers,” said EPI economic analyst Janelle Jones. “States should continue on their current path by not just adding jobs, but focus on well paid, high quality jobs.”

From March to June, 44 states added jobs, with North Dakota (1.4 percent), Massachusetts (1.0 percent), North Carolina (1.0 percent), New Hampshire (0.9 percent), and Texas (0.9 percent) having the highest percent change in job growth. Similar to last month’s report, North Dakota had the largest percent growth of jobs. Over the last three months, the number of jobs fell in six states: Alaska (-0.6 percent), Indiana (-0.2 percent), Kentucky (-0.2 percent), and Maryland (-0.1 percent). In New Jersey, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the number of jobs was essentially unchanged.

From March to June, unemployment rates fell in 29 states. New Mexico (-0.7 percentage points), South Carolina (-0.6 percentage points), Pennsylvania (-0.5 percentage points), Delaware (-0.4 percentage points), and Georgia (-0.3 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. The unemployment rate increased in 10 states. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Alabama (0.3 percentage points), Louisiana (0.3 percentage points), Kentucky (0.2 percentage points), and Maine (0.2 percentage points).

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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% -0.1% -0.3% -0.6% 25 1.6% 32500 0.5% 9600 1.7% 35100
Alaska 6.5% 0.0% -0.2% 0.1% 1 0.9% 3100 0.6% 1900 3.8% 12000
Arizona 5.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.7% 5 2.3% 66000 0.4% 11000 8.3% 221900
Arkansas 3.7% 0.0% -0.1% -1.4% 26 0.9% 11700 0.3% 3500 5.5% 66300
California 4.3% 0.2% 0.0% -1.6% 12 1.4% 238500 0.3% 51300 12.1% 1872300
Colorado 3.5% -0.1% 0.6% -0.6% 30 1.7% 45100 0.3% 8400 17.3% 405500
Connecticut 3.9% 0.1% -0.5% -1.0% 19 0.4% 7300 -0.2% -3400 -0.9% -16000
Delaware 3.3% -0.3% -0.7% -0.4% 34 1.0% 4500 0.3% 1300 5.5% 24200
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.2% -0.2% 0.0% 2 0.5% 3900 0.4% 3000 13.8% 96600
Florida 3.5% 0.2% -0.3% -1.2% 31 2.4% 209700 0.5% 40300 12.6% 1001700
Georgia 3.9% 0.2% -0.3% -1.1% 20 1.9% 85200 0.4% 17200 10.4% 432900
Hawaii 2.8% 0.2% 0.5% -0.3% 45 0.2% 1400 -0.2% -1100 4.8% 30400
Idaho 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% -0.2% 42 2.7% 19400 1.2% 8800 14.4% 94500
Illinois 4.4% 0.1% 0.1% -1.0% 9 0.8% 47400 0.2% 13100 3.0% 179500
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 0.2% -1.1% 29 1.3% 41200 0.6% 19700 6.3% 188500
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.3% -1.3% 48 0.2% 3900 -0.6% -8800 3.9% 59300
Kansas 3.5% 0.2% 0.1% -0.8% 32 0.4% 5900 -0.5% -6500 2.1% 29500
Kentucky 4.0% -0.3% -0.3% -1.4% 15 0.9% 17400 0.4% 8200 4.9% 90200
Louisiana 4.7% -0.2% -0.1% 0.5% 7 0.0% 400 0.1% 2400 2.4% 46600
Maine 3.4% -0.1% 0.2% -1.4% 33 0.5% 3000 0.8% 4900 1.9% 11700
Maryland 3.8% 0.1% -0.3% 0.5% 22 0.6% 15600 0.1% 2000 5.6% 145300
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1% -0.5% -1.6% 40 0.8% 28200 0.7% 24100 10.7% 355400
Michigan 4.0% 0.0% -0.4% -3.2% 16 0.6% 25600 0.2% 10900 4.6% 195400
Minnesota 3.2% 0.3% 0.2% -1.5% 37 0.3% 7900 -0.1% -3100 6.8% 188200
Mississippi 4.9% 0.2% 0.0% -0.9% 6 0.7% 7500 -0.2% -2900 0.0% -400
Missouri 3.3% 0.2% -0.1% -2.1% 35 0.4% 10300 0.1% 3300 3.1% 87900
Montana 3.7% 0.0% 0.0% -0.5% 27 0.9% 4400 -0.3% -1300 7.5% 33500
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.2% 46 0.0% 200 -0.1% -1000 5.7% 54900
Nevada 4.2% -0.2% -0.5% -0.8% 13 3.4% 47200 0.6% 8000 9.9% 127700
New Hampshire 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.1% 49 1.1% 7700 0.6% 3900 5.9% 38200
New Jersey 4.1% 0.2% -0.3% -0.4% 14 1.1% 44800 0.3% 10700 2.8% 115100
New Mexico 5.1% 0.1% 0.1% 1.2% 3 1.2% 9900 0.5% 4500 0.1% 1200
New York 4.0% 0.1% -0.4% -0.8% 17 1.1% 106000 0.5% 47800 11.3% 994300
North Carolina 4.0% 0.3% -0.1% -0.9% 18 1.4% 62900 0.9% 41100 9.0% 374700
North Dakota 2.3% -0.3% -0.4% -0.7% 50 0.2% 700 -0.3% -1100 19.7% 71400
Ohio 4.4% -0.2% -0.1% -1.2% 10 0.7% 39800 0.3% 16200 3.3% 181400
Oklahoma 3.3% 0.2% -0.4% -0.3% 36 0.5% 8300 -0.2% -4200 5.4% 87000
Oregon 4.4% 0.1% 0.3% -0.9% 11 1.7% 32600 0.9% 17300 11.5% 199900
Pennsylvania 3.9% -0.3% -0.5% -0.8% 21 0.8% 50900 0.2% 13800 4.0% 233100
Rhode Island 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% -2.2% 23 -0.2% -1000 -0.6% -2800 1.5% 7300
South Carolina 3.2% 0.0% -0.5% -2.4% 38 1.4% 31000 0.2% 3500 11.3% 221000
South Dakota 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% 0.1% 47 2.0% 8700 0.2% 900 9.4% 38300
Tennessee 3.2% -0.1% -0.4% -2.2% 39 1.6% 47800 0.2% 6700 10.3% 288400
Texas 3.8% 0.1% -0.2% -0.5% 24 2.2% 271000 0.5% 59800 20.1% 2124900
Utah 3.0% -0.2% -0.1% 0.1% 41 3.0% 44500 0.6% 8700 22.4% 283300
Vermont 2.3% -0.3% -0.4% -1.9% 51 0.3% 1100 0.0% 0 2.6% 8000
Virginia 2.9% 0.1% -0.3% -0.4% 43 0.9% 35500 0.6% 25000 6.7% 254000
Washington 4.6% 0.1% 0.0% -0.1% 8 2.4% 80500 0.7% 23900 15.7% 470800
West Virginia 5.1% 0.0% -0.3% 0.5% 4 2.7% 19200 1.1% 7700 1.2% 8700
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.1% -0.1% -1.8% 44 0.3% 9200 0.0% -1400 3.7% 105400
Wyoming 3.7% -0.4% -0.2% 0.9% 28 1.7% 4900 0.2% 600 -1.8% -5400

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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