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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 February 2020 State unemployment rate raking 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 numbers of jobs in last 3 months Change in number of jobs in last 3 months Percent change in number of jobs since February 2020 Change in number of jobs since February 2020
Alabama 3.8% -0.9% 1.2% 1.2% 11 -2.7% -55300 0.5% 9900 -3.1% -64100
Alaska 6.6% 0.1% 1.5% 1.5% 36 -7.3% -23900 0.2% 700 -7.6% -25000
Arizona 6.7% -0.1% 1.7% 1.8% 37 -2.9% -87700 1.0% 28200 -3.5% -104600
Arkansas 4.4% -0.5% 0.5% 0.6% 17 -2.0% -26100 0.3% 4200 -2.4% -30700
California 8.3% -1.0% 3.8% 4.0% 49 -7.7% -1350500 1.2% 195700 -8.6% -1527300
Colorado 6.4% -0.5% 1.7% 3.6% 34 -4.8% -133900 1.8% 46100 -5.2% -146200
Connecticut 8.3% 0.1% 4.5% 4.6% 48 -6.1% -103000 0.6% 9500 -6.8% -116000
Delaware 6.5% 0.6% 1.7% 2.0% 35 -4.3% -20000 0.7% 2900 -4.9% -22800
Washington D.C. 7.8% -1.0% 2.6% 2.8% 45 -8.3% -66400 -0.3% -2000 -8.9% -71500
Florida 4.7% -0.4% -0.2% 1.4% 20 -5.0% -445800 0.7% 61600 -5.7% -518500
Georgia 4.5% -0.8% 0.9% 1.0% 18 -3.3% -151000 0.8% 36200 -3.9% -180500
Hawaii 9.0% -1.3% 6.9% 6.9% 51 -16.0% -104800 1.6% 8700 -16.9% -111900
Idaho 3.2% -0.6% 0.5% 0.6% 6 1.4% 10900 1.0% 7400 1.3% 10400
Illinois 7.1% -0.9% 3.4% 3.5% 41 -5.9% -360700 1.6% 92700 -6.7% -412800
Indiana 3.9% -0.7% 0.6% 0.7% 12 -3.4% -106500 0.2% 7100 -4.2% -131900
Iowa 3.7% 0.0% 0.8% 0.8% 8 -3.7% -58400 0.8% 12500 -4.1% -65000
Kansas 3.7% -1.0% 0.5% 0.5% 7 -3.4% -48900 1.4% 18300 -3.9% -55800
Kentucky 5.0% -0.6% 0.8% 0.8% 23 -4.3% -84300 1.0% 19200 -4.9% -96000
Louisiana 7.3% -0.6% 2.0% 2.1% 43 -6.8% -133300 0.2% 3200 -7.8% -155700
Maine 4.8% -0.2% 1.7% 1.7% 21 -4.2% -27000 1.4% 8400 -4.8% -30400
Maryland 6.2% -0.6% 2.7% 2.7% 32 -4.4% -121600 0.9% 24200 -5.4% -150900
Massachusetts 6.8% -1.6% 4.1% 4.0% 38 -7.4% -272700 2.1% 70400 -8.2% -306700
Michigan 5.1% -3.1% 1.4% 1.4% 26 -6.4% -281900 2.6% 104900 -7.2% -320100
Minnesota 4.2% -0.5% 0.7% 0.9% 15 -5.8% -172900 3.1% 85600 -6.4% -191100
Mississippi 6.3% -0.3% 0.3% 0.5% 33 -2.9% -33800 -0.3% -3200 -3.5% -40500
Missouri 4.2% -0.2% 0.5% 0.6% 14 -3.5% -100500 0.5% 12700 -3.9% -114700
Montana 3.8% -0.4% 0.0% 0.1% 10 -1.1% -5600 1.2% 5600 -1.2% -6000
Nebraska 2.9% -0.5% -0.2% -0.1% 4 -1.8% -18100 1.0% 9800 -2.4% -24300
Nevada 8.1% -0.1% 1.7% 4.4% 46 -9.4% -134800 1.5% 18700 -10.2% -146600
New Hampshire 3.0% -0.8% 0.3% 0.4% 5 -3.6% -24400 2.8% 18200 -4.6% -31500
New Jersey 7.7% 0.0% 3.9% 4.0% 44 -7.1% -299900 0.8% 32400 -7.9% -332300
New Mexico 8.3% -0.3% 2.9% 3.0% 47 -7.6% -65000 2.0% 15700 -7.9% -67800
New York 8.5% -0.2% 4.6% 4.6% 50 -9.1% -880800 1.4% 124500 -10.0% -987300
North Carolina 5.2% -0.9% 1.3% 1.6% 27 -2.8% -130400 0.8% 33800 -3.4% -157000
North Dakota 4.4% -0.3% 2.1% 2.1% 16 -5.2% -22800 2.0% 8000 -5.5% -24400
Ohio 4.7% -0.9% -0.2% 0.0% 19 -4.4% -243200 0.7% 37100 -5.3% -295000
Oklahoma 4.2% -0.3% 1.0% 1.1% 13 -3.8% -64700 0.8% 13500 -4.4% -74100
Oregon 6.0% -0.3% 2.4% 2.5% 31 -6.0% -117800 2.4% 42400 -6.7% -132400
Pennsylvania 7.3% 0.2% 2.2% 2.3% 42 -6.1% -369200 1.4% 76100 -6.8% -414100
Rhode Island 7.1% -0.8% 3.1% 3.1% 40 -7.0% -35100 2.0% 9100 -7.9% -40300
South Carolina 5.1% -0.5% 2.1% 2.3% 25 -3.0% -66600 0.0% 400 -3.6% -78700
South Dakota 2.9% -0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 3 -1.2% -5200 0.9% 3700 -1.7% -7500
Tennessee 5.0% -0.6% 1.0% 1.1% 22 -2.7% -84300 0.8% 24400 -3.1% -98800
Texas 6.9% 0.0% 2.0% 3.2% 39 -3.1% -405200 1.1% 135600 -3.6% -469200
Utah 2.9% -0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 2 0.9% 14800 1.2% 18400 0.7% 11300
Vermont 2.9% -0.6% 0.3% 0.4% 1 -7.6% -23700 0.9% 2600 -8.2% -25800
Virginia 5.1% -0.5% 2.5% 2.6% 24 -4.5% -182000 0.2% 6500 -5.0% -203400
Washington 5.4% -0.9% 0.1% 1.3% 29 -4.8% -167400 1.9% 63400 -5.2% -182900
West Virginia 5.9% -0.8% 0.6% 0.8% 30 -4.6% -32700 1.4% 9500 -5.2% -37300
Wisconsin 3.8% -0.2% 0.6% 0.5% 9 -4.3% -129000 0.7% 18700 -4.9% -148000
Wyoming 5.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.5% 28 -4.6% -13100 0.4% 1100 -4.8% -13800

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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