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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 4.1% 0.0% 0.2% -0.2% 32 1.3% 25,800 0.3% 6,700 0.6% 13,000
Alaska 6.5% -0.6% -0.7% 0.1% 51 -0.7% -2300 -0.3% -1000 2.3% 7,200
Arizona 4.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 46 2.9% 81,400 1.3% 38,000 7.4% 197,100
Arkansas 3.5% -0.3% -0.2% -1.6% 18 1.1% 13,200 0.5% 5900 3.8% 46,300
California 4.1% -0.1% -0.4% -1.8% 33 2.0% 339,600 0.5% 90,200 11.1% 1,723,000
Colorado 3.1% 0.4% 0.1% -1.0% 12 2.9% 77,200 0.5% 13,600 16.9% 397,900
Connecticut 4.2% -0.2% -0.3% -0.7% 38 1.2% 19900 0.2% 3,300 -0.2% -4,000
Delaware 4.0% 0.1% -0.5% 0.3% 30 1.8% 8000 0.8% 3500 5.1% 22,700
Washington D.C. 5.7% 0.1% -0.3% 0.1% 50 1.0% 8,000 0.8% 6000 14.2% 99,500
Florida 3.5% -0.3% -0.4% -1.2% 19 4.8% 407,300 0.8% 69,100 11.5% 910,700
Georgia 3.7% -0.4% -0.8% -1.3% 25 2.5% 111,100 0.9% 39,000 9.6% 399,900
Hawaii 2.2% 0.1% 0.0% -0.9% 1 1.8% 11,600 0.3% 1800 5.9% 36,900
Idaho 2.7% -0.2% -0.3% -0.4% 3 2.7% 19,200 0.1% 500 12.6% 82,700
Illinois 4.1% -0.2% -0.9% -1.3% 34 0.8% 50,300 0.0% -300 2.3% 139,700
Indiana 3.5% 0.2% 0.0% -1.2% 20 0.9% 28,000 0.5% 16,700 4.8% 144,300
Iowa 2.5% -0.2% -0.5% -1.2% 2 1.1% 17,600 -0.1% -2100 4.3% 64,900
Kansas 3.3% -0.1% -0.3% -1.0% 15 1.4% 19,600 0.0% -500 2.7% 37,100
Kentucky 4.5% 0.3% -0.2% -0.9% 42 0.8% 14,500 0.4% 8400 4.3% 80,400
Louisiana 5.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.8% 48 1.0% 19900 0.0% -600 2.7% 52,100
Maine 3.3% 0.4% 0.0% -1.5% 16 0.7% 4500 -0.1% -900 1.3% 8000
Maryland 4.2% -0.1% 0.2% 0.9% 39 0.9% 25,200 0.5% 14000 5.2% 136,800
Massachusetts 3.6% 0.1% 0.0% -1.0% 22 1.8% 63,400 0.1% 2,100 10.8% 358,600
Michigan 4.0% -0.4% -0.7% -3.2% 31 1.4% 63,300 0.2% 9,500 4.5% 192,800
Minnesota 2.8% -0.3% -0.5% -1.9% 6 1.3% 38,200 0.2% 7200 7.3% 203,200
Mississippi 4.8% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 47 1.8% 20,300 0.3% 3200 0.8% 9,700
Missouri 3.2% -0.3% -0.4% -2.2% 13 1.4% 39,300 0.2% 6,500 3.9% 108,500
Montana 3.6% -0.2% -0.5% -0.6% 23 1.6% 7,400 0.7% 3100 7.5% 33,400
Nebraska 2.8% -0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 7 1.7% 17,400 0.3% 2,900 6.9% 66,600
Nevada 4.5% -0.2% -0.4% -0.5% 43 3.2% 43,500 1.0% 14,200 7.9% 101,500
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.0% 0.1% -0.8% 4 2.2% 14,900 0.2% 1400 6.1% 39,700
New Jersey 4.2% -0.1% -0.5% -0.3% 40 1.4% 58,000 0.2% 8,400 2.7% 111,600
New Mexico 4.6% -0.3% -1.4% 0.7% 44 2.6% 21,200 0.9% 7,800 0.2% 1,300
New York 4.1% -0.4% -0.6% -0.7% 35 1.0% 95,300 0.1% 6,900 9.9% 871,200
North Carolina 3.8% -0.4% -0.6% -1.1% 26 1.9% 82,300 -0.3% -13,800 8.2% 340,000
North Dakota 2.7% 0.1% 0.1% -0.3% 5 1.1% 4800 0.5% 2300 20.1% 72,800
Ohio 4.6% 0.1% -0.4% -1.0% 45 1.9% 104,600 0.5% 30,400 4.1% 220,800
Oklahoma 3.5% -0.4% -0.6% -0.1% 21 2.0% 34,000 0.5% 8900 5.9% 94,400
Oregon 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% -1.5% 27 2.3% 43,200 0.3% 6,100 10.6% 184,700
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.2% -0.7% -0.6% 36 1.3% 78,700 0.3% 17,200 3.9% 224,000
Rhode Island 3.9% -0.4% -0.6% -2.1% 29 1.4% 7,000 -0.1% -500 2.9% 14,300
South Carolina 3.3% -0.5% -0.9% -2.3% 17 1.3% 27,600 -0.6% -13400 8.4% 164,000
South Dakota 3.0% -0.2% -0.4% 0.3% 10 1.4% 6200 0.4% 1600 8.1% 33,200
Tennessee 3.6% 0.1% 0.3% -1.8% 24 2.1% 63,900 0.5% 15800 9.9% 276,500
Texas 3.8% -0.2% -0.2% -0.5% 28 3.3% 406,400 0.5% 65,300 19.7% 2,076,400
Utah 3.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.3% 14 3.6% 52,400 0.9% 14,200 20.8% 262,700
Vermont 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% -1.3% 8 -0.6% -1900 -1.0% -3100 1.3% 4,000
Virginia 2.9% -0.3% -0.7% -0.4% 9 1.7% 68,400 0.5% 19,800 6.6% 248,200
Washington 4.4% -0.3% -0.3% -0.3% 41 3.2% 105,200 0.8% 25,700 14.9% 447,400
West Virginia 5.2% -0.1% -0.1% 0.6% 49 0.8% 5900 0.1% 600 -1.1% -8500
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.1% -0.3% -1.7% 11 1.4% 41,700 0.3% 8,900 3.7% 107,500
Wyoming 4.1% 0.4% 0.0% 1.3% 37 2.2% 6,300 0.7% 2100 -2.2% -6,400

Jobs refers to the total number of jobs, part-time or full-time, in non-farm establishments.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Local Area Unemployment Statistics data

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