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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 2.8% 0.073 -0.01 -1.5% 41 2.0% 41600 0.4% 7300 2.9% 59700
Alaska 6.2% -0.016 -0.003 -0.2% 1 0.3% 1100 -0.5% -1600 3.4% 10900
Arizona 4.8% 0.219 -0.001 0.5% 4 2.5% 70600 0.7% 21900 10.1% 271900
Arkansas 3.5% 0.067 -0.002 -1.6% 24 1.4% 17900 0.5% 6700 6.3% 75600
California 3.9% 0.823 -0.002 -2.0% 17 1.8% 308000 0.5% 82300 13.5% 2086300
Colorado 2.6% 0.009 -0.01 -1.5% 44 1.9% 52700 0.0% 900 18.8% 441700
Connecticut 3.6% 0.044 -0.002 -1.3% 21 0.3% 4800 0.3% 4400 -0.6% -10600
Delaware 3.7% 0.044 0.001 0.0% 20 1.3% 6100 0.9% 4400 6.3% 27600
Washington D.C. 5.4% 0.003 0.001 -0.2% 3 1.0% 7700 0.0% 300 14.6% 102100
Florida 3.2% 0.684 -0.001 -1.5% 31 2.6% 228600 0.8% 68400 14.5% 1148400
Georgia 3.4% 0.247 -0.003 -1.6% 25 1.6% 72500 0.5% 24700 11.3% 470100
Hawaii 2.7% 0.033 0.001 -0.4% 43 0.9% 5600 0.5% 3300 5.5% 34300
Idaho 2.9% -0.017 0.002 -0.2% 39 2.2% 16400 -0.2% -1700 15.3% 100700
Illinois 3.9% 0.046 -0.003 -1.5% 18 0.9% 57000 0.1% 4600 3.5% 210400
Indiana 3.2% -0.088 -0.003 -1.5% 32 0.5% 17100 -0.3% -8800 5.7% 170900
Iowa 2.6% 0.012 0.002 -1.1% 45 0.5% 7800 0.1% 1200 4.6% 70800
Kansas 3.1% 0.066 -0.002 -1.2% 35 1.3% 18100 0.5% 6600 3.6% 50500
Kentucky 4.3% 0.095 0 -1.1% 9 1.6% 31100 0.5% 9500 5.7% 106500
Louisiana 4.5% 0.088 -0.004 0.3% 7 0.2% 3600 0.4% 8800 2.7% 52600
Maine 2.8% -0.004 -0.007 -2.0% 42 1.0% 6500 -0.1% -400 2.0% 12700
Maryland 3.6% 0.274 -0.001 0.3% 22 1.1% 30000 1.0% 27400 6.1% 159800
Massachusetts 2.9% 0.157 -0.002 -1.7% 40 1.4% 51700 0.4% 15700 11.4% 376700
Michigan 4.1% -0.168 0.001 -3.1% 12 0.0% -2200 -0.4% -16800 4.2% 176800
Minnesota 3.2% 0.094 0.004 -1.5% 33 0.3% 9900 0.3% 9400 7.3% 202200
Mississippi 5.5% 0.001 0.008 -0.3% 2 1.0% 11700 0.0% 100 1.0% 11100
Missouri 3.1% -0.04 0.001 -2.3% 36 1.2% 34600 -0.1% -4000 4.1% 114000
Montana 3.4% -0.004 -0.003 -0.8% 26 1.3% 6300 -0.1% -400 8.6% 38200
Nebraska 3.1% 0.066 0.004 0.1% 37 1.6% 16100 0.6% 6600 7.3% 70600
Nevada 4.1% 0.075 -0.003 -0.9% 13 2.2% 30800 0.5% 7500 11.0% 142700
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.044 0.002 -0.9% 46 1.1% 7700 -0.6% -4400 6.2% 40500
New Jersey 3.2% 0.065 -0.007 -1.3% 34 0.7% 30200 0.2% 6500 3.2% 131100
New Mexico 4.8% 0.007 -0.002 0.9% 5 2.0% 17300 0.1% 700 1.5% 12700
New York 4.0% 0.321 0.002 -0.8% 15 1.1% 103700 0.3% 32100 11.8% 1035900
North Carolina 4.0% 0.198 0.003 -0.9% 16 2.0% 90800 0.4% 19800 10.2% 423000
North Dakota 2.5% -0.011 -0.001 -0.5% 49 0.0% 0 -0.3% -1100 20.0% 72500
Ohio 4.2% 0.041 -0.004 -1.4% 10 0.4% 19600 0.1% 4100 3.2% 174000
Oklahoma 3.3% -0.074 0.002 -0.3% 29 0.3% 4400 -0.4% -7400 5.7% 91600
Oregon 4.1% 0.068 -0.001 -1.2% 14 1.7% 32600 0.3% 6800 12.2% 212700
Pennsylvania 4.2% 0.242 0 -0.5% 11 0.5% 28700 0.4% 24200 4.3% 248000
Rhode Island 3.6% 0.024 -0.004 -2.4% 23 1.8% 8900 0.5% 2400 3.7% 18200
South Carolina 2.6% 0.071 -0.006 -3.0% 47 1.4% 30800 0.3% 7100 12.1% 236000
South Dakota 3.0% 0.021 0.001 0.3% 38 1.9% 8200 0.5% 2100 10.1% 41300
Tennessee 3.4% 0.052 0.001 -2.0% 27 1.3% 38900 0.2% 5200 11.2% 314300
Texas 3.4% 0.595 -0.003 -0.9% 28 2.4% 297100 0.5% 59500 22.0% 2328600
Utah 2.5% 0.135 -0.007 -0.4% 50 3.2% 48900 0.9% 13500 24.9% 315100
Vermont 2.2% -0.009 -0.004 -2.0% 51 0.3% 1000 -0.3% -900 2.9% 9100
Virginia 2.6% -0.11 -0.002 -0.7% 48 0.7% 29600 -0.3% -11000 6.6% 250100
Washington 4.5% 0.018 0.001 -0.2% 8 2.2% 77000 0.1% 1800 16.9% 506600
West Virginia 4.8% -0.02 -0.003 0.2% 6 0.4% 3200 -0.3% -2000 0.5% 3900
Wisconsin 3.3% -0.023 0.003 -1.4% 30 0.6% 16500 -0.1% -2300 3.5% 101600
Wyoming 3.8% -0.025 -0.004 1.0% 19 0.2% 700 -0.9% -2500 -2.4% -7200

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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