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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).

June

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 2.7% -0.004 -0.011 -1.6% 42 2.4% 48800 0.6% 12500 3.3% 67900
Alaska 6.1% -0.001 -0.004 -0.3% 2 0.5% 1600 -0.6% -2000 3.0% 9700
Arizona 4.7% -0.003 -0.002 0.4% 7 2.4% 70100 0.7% 20700 10.5% 280900
Arkansas 3.6% 0.002 -0.001 -1.5% 23 1.3% 15900 0.4% 4700 6.3% 76500
California 3.9% -0.002 -0.002 -2.0% 16 1.9% 321800 0.5% 87100 13.7% 2123100
Colorado 2.6% -0.002 -0.01 -1.5% 47 2.1% 57100 0.2% 5800 19.0% 447000
Connecticut 3.7% 0.001 -0.001 -1.2% 21 0.2% 3900 0.2% 4000 -0.6% -9800
Delaware 3.8% 0.004 0.003 0.1% 19 1.5% 6800 0.9% 4000 6.7% 29400
Washington D.C. 5.3% -0.002 0 -0.3% 3 1.5% 11800 0.1% 1200 15.0% 105100
Florida 3.1% -0.002 -0.002 -1.6% 38 2.5% 217400 0.5% 48300 14.6% 1159300
Georgia 3.3% -0.003 -0.004 -1.7% 32 1.5% 69000 0.2% 7600 11.4% 474000
Hawaii 2.6% -0.001 -3.5E-18 -0.5% 46 0.5% 3100 0.3% 2000 5.2% 32900
Idaho 2.9% 0 0.001 -0.2% 40 2.7% 19700 0.4% 3400 16.0% 104800
Illinois 3.8% -0.002 -0.005 -1.6% 18 0.7% 40600 0.0% -400 3.3% 199600
Indiana 3.2% -0.001 -0.003 -1.5% 33 0.4% 11200 -0.1% -3800 5.7% 170600
Iowa 2.6% 0.001 0.002 -1.1% 45 0.3% 5000 0.0% -700 4.6% 69600
Kansas 3.1% -0.001 -0.002 -1.2% 37 1.2% 16800 0.0% -600 3.8% 52700
Kentucky 4.4% 0 0.001 -1.0% 9 1.2% 23800 0.5% 10400 5.6% 104200
Louisiana 4.7% 0.004 -0.002 0.5% 6 0.5% 9000 0.3% 6800 2.9% 55400
Maine 2.8% -0.001 -0.007 -2.0% 41 0.8% 5200 -0.2% -1100 1.9% 12100
Maryland 3.6% -0.002 -0.001 0.3% 22 1.0% 27600 0.9% 23900 6.3% 165300
Massachusetts 2.9% 0 -0.002 -1.7% 39 1.3% 48600 0.4% 16400 11.5% 380900
Michigan 4.0% -0.002 0 -3.2% 14 0.4% 18200 -0.1% -2400 4.7% 199400
Minnesota 3.3% 0 0.004 -1.4% 31 0.2% 4900 0.1% 3800 7.1% 197000
Mississippi 5.6% 0.004 0.009 -0.2% 1 0.7% 7600 0.0% 400 0.9% 10100
Missouri 3.1% -0.001 -3.5E-18 -2.3% 36 1.3% 37100 0.0% 0 4.2% 117400
Montana 3.4% 0.001 -0.003 -0.8% 28 1.2% 5700 0.3% 1600 8.9% 39900
Nebraska 3.1% 0 0.003 0.1% 35 1.4% 13900 0.5% 5100 7.2% 70100
Nevada 4.0% -0.001 -0.004 -1.0% 13 2.6% 36900 0.7% 10300 11.7% 151500
New Hampshire 2.6% 0.001 0.002 -0.9% 44 0.8% 5300 -0.8% -5400 5.9% 38400
New Jersey 3.4% 0.002 -0.005 -1.1% 27 0.8% 34300 0.4% 15500 3.4% 138200
New Mexico 4.8% -0.001 -0.002 0.9% 5 1.9% 16300 0.1% 800 1.5% 12700
New York 4.0% 0 0.001 -0.8% 12 1.2% 116400 0.4% 36100 12.1% 1058100
North Carolina 3.8% -0.004 0.001 -1.1% 17 2.0% 91300 0.5% 22000 10.2% 425900
North Dakota 2.5% 0.001 -0.001 -0.5% 48 0.6% 2800 0.0% 0 20.6% 74700
Ohio 4.2% 0.001 -0.004 -1.4% 11 0.4% 20600 0.1% 5300 3.3% 179900
Oklahoma 3.4% 0.002 0.003 -0.2% 26 -0.3% -4300 -0.3% -5300 5.3% 85600
Oregon 3.9% -0.001 -0.004 -1.4% 15 1.9% 36800 0.8% 16100 12.7% 221100
Pennsylvania 4.3% 0.004 0.001 -0.4% 10 0.8% 48400 0.3% 21000 4.5% 259100
Rhode Island 3.5% -0.001 -0.005 -2.5% 24 2.2% 10700 0.5% 2700 3.9% 19100
South Carolina 2.4% -0.008 -0.008 -3.2% 50 1.5% 31900 0.5% 10200 12.4% 241300
South Dakota 3.1% 0.002 0.002 0.4% 34 1.4% 6100 0.8% 3500 10.2% 41500
Tennessee 3.3% -0.002 0 -2.1% 30 1.5% 46700 0.5% 14600 11.7% 328200
Texas 3.4% 0 -0.003 -0.9% 25 2.7% 336700 0.8% 99000 22.5% 2382600
Utah 2.4% -0.004 -0.008 -0.5% 49 3.2% 49500 0.9% 14800 25.1% 317100
Vermont 2.3% 0.002 -0.003 -1.9% 51 -0.1% -400 -0.4% -1400 2.6% 7900
Virginia 2.6% -0.002 -0.002 -0.7% 43 1.0% 40100 0.2% 8800 7.1% 269700
Washington 4.4% -0.002 -0.001 -0.3% 8 2.5% 86500 0.2% 6000 17.3% 519600
West Virginia 4.9% 0.003 -0.002 0.3% 4 0.1% 800 -0.5% -4000 0.3% 2100
Wisconsin 3.3% 0.002 0.003 -1.4% 29 0.2% 6500 0.0% 800 3.5% 101800
Wyoming 3.7% 0 -0.004 0.9% 20 -0.3% -800 -0.4% -1300 -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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