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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 3.3% -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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