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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 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 5.6% -4.0% 2.8% 2.9% 7 -4.0% -82.4 4.5% 85.1 -4.4% -91
Alaska 7.4% -5.3% 1.2% 1.6% 26 -10.1% -33.2 3.1% 8.9 -10.1% -33.3
Arizona 5.9% -3.1% 1.3% 1.4% 11 -3.2% -95.6 4.0% 109.5 -4.1% -122.2
Arkansas 7.4% -2.2% 3.8% 3.9% 27 -3.5% -45.2 3.7% 43.3 -4.2% -53.2
California 11.4% -5.0% 7.5% 7.5% 47 -9.1% -1598.2 4.9% 736.8 -9.8% -1730.1
Colorado 6.7% -3.5% 4.1% 4.2% 20 -5.3% -147.8 4.2% 107.5 -5.8% -163.8
Connecticut 8.1% -1.5% 4.4% 4.3% 34 -7.0% -118.7 9.0% 130 -7.8% -132.9
Delaware 8.9% -7.0% 5.0% 5.0% 39 -8.7% -40.8 8.0% 31.5 -9.7% -45.6
Washington D.C. 8.5% -0.3% 3.2% 3.4% 35 -6.7% -53.5 2.0% 14.7 -7.3% -58.4
Florida 7.4% -6.3% 4.4% 4.6% 28 -5.1% -456.1 5.2% 424.2 -6.0% -546.5
Georgia 5.6% -3.8% 2.3% 2.5% 8 -4.2% -194 5.0% 212.9 -4.7% -219.1
Hawaii 12.5% -11.0% 9.8% 9.8% 48 -16.1% -105.2 4.2% 22 -16.8% -110.5
Idaho 4.2% -4.8% 1.3% 1.5% 3 -0.7% -5.5 6.6% 46.7 -1.8% -13.6
Illinois 11.0% -4.3% 7.2% 7.6% 44 -7.0% -428.7 5.8% 313.3 -7.0% -426.6
Indiana 6.4% -5.9% 3.2% 3.3% 16 -3.4% -106.2 7.9% 224.9 -3.9% -123.5
Iowa 6.0% -4.2% 3.2% 3.2% 12 -5.8% -92.1 5.5% 78.4 -5.6% -88.3
Kansas 6.9% -3.1% 3.8% 3.8% 22 -4.3% -61.4 3.9% 51.2 -4.8% -69.2
Kentucky 7.6% -3.3% 3.3% 3.4% 30 -6.2% -120.4 10.2% 169.2 -6.4% -124.7
Louisiana 7.6% -6.6% 2.7% 2.4% 31 -6.6% -130.4 5.7% 100.4 -7.0% -139.2
Maine 6.9% -2.5% 4.0% 3.7% 23 -8.7% -55.3 6.4% 35 -8.7% -55.3
Maryland 6.9% -3.1% 3.3% 3.6% 24 -6.4% -175.8 6.4% 154.8 -7.3% -205.1
Massachusetts 11.3% -5.3% 8.5% 8.5% 45 -10.9% -403.2 7.1% 217.1 -11.3% -418.4
Michigan 8.7% -12.6% 4.7% 5.1% 38 -10.1% -448.2 11.8% 422.3 -10.5% -467.3
Minnesota 7.4% -2.5% 4.2% 4.3% 29 -7.3% -218.5 5.7% 149.8 -7.1% -211.8
Mississippi 7.9% -2.6% 2.4% 2.5% 33 -2.6% -30.3 5.1% 54.5 -3.0% -35.2
Missouri 7.0% -3.1% 3.8% 3.5% 25 -4.7% -137.6 5.8% 151.9 -4.9% -143.1
Montana 5.6% -3.4% 2.1% 2.1% 9 -5.0% -24.3 4.0% 17.8 -5.7% -28
Nebraska 4.0% -1.3% 0.9% 1.1% 1 -3.6% -36.8 3.6% 34 -4.5% -46.6
Nevada 13.2% -12.1% 9.4% 9.6% 51 -9.4% -133.6 10.5% 122.3 -9.6% -136.5
New Hampshire 6.5% -8.9% 3.9% 3.9% 17 -8.0% -55.2 7.8% 45.6 -8.6% -59.3
New Jersey 10.9% -4.5% 7.4% 7.1% 43 -9.0% -378.3 9.2% 320.5 -9.9% -421.9
New Mexico 11.3% 2.2% 6.5% 6.5% 46 -8.0% -68.7 3.0% 22.8 -8.7% -75.3
New York 12.5% -2.0% 8.6% 8.8% 49 -12.4% -1214.5 7.4% 588.8 -12.8% -1258.4
North Carolina 6.5% -6.3% 2.7% 2.9% 18 -7.0% -320.1 5.0% 201.6 -7.6% -348.9
North Dakota 5.0% -4.1% 2.6% 2.8% 6 -7.1% -31.2 2.5% 10.1 -7.3% -32.4
Ohio 8.9% -5.0% 4.7% 4.8% 40 -8.0% -448.7 6.7% 322 -8.1% -451.9
Oklahoma 5.7% -6.9% 2.4% 2.5% 10 -4.7% -79.2 2.5% 40.3 -4.7% -79.1
Oregon 7.7% -6.6% 4.1% 4.4% 32 -7.4% -144.4 5.0% 86 -7.9% -153.9
Pennsylvania 10.3% -3.1% 5.8% 5.6% 42 -8.2% -499.6 7.2% 376.4 -8.7% -531.7
Rhode Island 12.8% -3.6% 9.3% 9.4% 50 -7.4% -37.2 10.3% 43.6 -8.3% -42.2
South Carolina 6.3% -6.1% 3.8% 3.8% 15 -4.8% -104.7 5.3% 105.3 -5.6% -124.9
South Dakota 4.8% -4.6% 1.5% 1.5% 4 -4.5% -19.9 3.4% 13.8 -5.3% -23.7
Tennessee 8.5% -2.5% 5.1% 5.1% 36 -4.6% -142.6 4.5% 129.8 -5.4% -172
Texas 6.8% -6.2% 3.3% 3.3% 21 -4.8% -616.6 3.1% 364.6 -6.1% -797.4
Utah 4.1% -4.5% 1.6% 1.6% 2 -1.8% -28.2 3.9% 58.3 -3.1% -48.7
Vermont 4.8% -8.0% 2.4% 2.4% 5 -10.7% -33.9 7.5% 19.7 -10.2% -32
Virginia 6.1% -2.9% 3.4% 3.5% 13 -5.2% -212.6 4.4% 163.2 -6.1% -249.7
Washington 8.5% -6.6% 4.3% 4.7% 37 -6.0% -210.8 7.1% 216.9 -7.0% -246.6
West Virginia 8.9% -4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 41 -6.3% -45.6 6.8% 42.9 -5.2% -37
Wisconsin 6.2% -5.9% 2.8% 2.7% 14 -7.5% -222.3 6.4% 165.7 -8.0% -238.5
Wyoming 6.6% -2.2% 2.9% 2.9% 19 -7.3% -21.4 2.3% 6 -6.5% -18.7

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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