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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 4.1% 0.2% 0.1% -0.2% 32 1.1% 22,600 0.2% 4,300 0.5% 9,300
Alaska 6.7% -0.5% -0.5% 0.3% 51 -0.9% -3100 -0.7% -2400 2.3% 7,300
Arizona 4.6% -0.1% -0.1% 0.3% 44 2.9% 79,700 1.0% 27,500 6.9% 185,400
Arkansas 3.6% -0.2% -0.1% -1.5% 19 0.7% 8,500 0.2% 2600 3.4% 41,500
California 4.2% 0.0% -0.4% -1.7% 36 2.1% 348,900 0.6% 100,700 11.1% 1,712,000
Colorado 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% -1.2% 8 2.7% 72,200 0.6% 15,100 16.6% 390,300
Connecticut 4.3% -0.2% -0.2% -0.6% 40 1.1% 18800 0.4% 6,900 -0.3% -5,700
Delaware 3.9% -0.1% -0.7% 0.2% 27 1.5% 6700 0.4% 1800 4.9% 21,400
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% -0.5% 0.0% 50 0.7% 5,800 0.1% 400 13.7% 96,200
Florida 3.7% -0.1% -0.3% -1.0% 23 2.6% 220,200 0.9% 77,100 11.2% 890,500
Georgia 3.8% -0.4% -0.7% -1.2% 25 2.0% 88,900 0.8% 34,100 9.2% 382,900
Hawaii 2.1% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 1 2.7% 17,700 0.5% 3300 6.2% 39,200
Idaho 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% -0.3% 5 3.1% 22,000 0.5% 3,600 12.7% 83,300
Illinois 4.1% -0.2% -0.9% -1.3% 33 0.8% 47,500 0.2% 12000 2.3% 134,800
Indiana 3.5% 0.3% -0.1% -1.2% 18 0.9% 27,000 0.2% 7,600 4.8% 143,000
Iowa 2.5% -0.2% -0.5% -1.2% 2 1.3% 21,100 0.5% 8300 4.5% 68,100
Kansas 3.3% -0.1% -0.3% -1.0% 15 1.9% 26,600 0.5% 7,500 3.1% 43,500
Kentucky 4.4% 0.3% -0.5% -1.0% 41 0.4% 8,500 0.0% 800 3.9% 72,100
Louisiana 5.0% 0.4% 0.1% 0.8% 48 0.8% 15900 -0.3% -5900 2.6% 50,800
Maine 3.2% 0.4% -0.2% -1.6% 14 0.8% 5100 -0.3% -1800 1.2% 7600
Maryland 4.2% -0.1% 0.2% 0.9% 37 0.7% 20,300 0.4% 12300 5.1% 133,900
Massachusetts 3.6% 0.1% 0.0% -1.0% 20 1.9% 68,100 0.8% 31,000 11.0% 366,300
Michigan 4.1% -0.5% -0.5% -3.1% 34 1.3% 56,300 0.3% 12,700 4.4% 188,100
Minnesota 2.9% -0.2% -0.5% -1.8% 9 1.5% 44,400 0.7% 20800 7.5% 206,900
Mississippi 4.8% 0.1% -0.2% -1.0% 47 1.6% 18,500 0.3% 4000 0.8% 9,100
Missouri 3.3% -0.3% -0.3% -2.1% 16 1.2% 35,300 0.3% 10,100 3.7% 103,400
Montana 3.6% -0.3% -0.5% -0.6% 21 1.3% 6,200 0.7% 3400 7.3% 32,600
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.2% 6 1.4% 14,300 0.2% 2,200 6.7% 64,700
Nevada 4.5% -0.3% -0.4% -0.5% 42 3.3% 44,800 1.0% 13,600 7.5% 96,800
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.0% 0.0% -0.8% 4 1.8% 11,900 0.5% 3400 6.1% 39,600
New Jersey 4.2% -0.2% -0.5% -0.3% 38 1.5% 61,500 0.4% 15,700 2.7% 111,400
New Mexico 4.6% -0.5% -1.4% 0.7% 45 2.0% 16,300 0.9% 7,600 -0.3% -2,900
New York 4.2% -0.3% -0.5% -0.6% 39 0.9% 90,200 0.1% 12,400 9.8% 862,500
North Carolina 3.9% -0.4% -0.5% -1.0% 28 2.3% 102,800 0.5% 22,500 8.7% 362,900
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0% 0.0% -0.4% 3 1.0% 4500 0.9% 4000 20.2% 73,200
Ohio 4.6% 0.3% -0.4% -1.0% 46 1.6% 90,200 0.5% 28,900 3.8% 207,600
Oklahoma 3.7% -0.3% -0.5% 0.1% 24 2.0% 33,100 0.5% 9200 5.6% 89,500
Oregon 3.8% -0.3% -0.4% -1.5% 26 2.4% 44,500 0.6% 10,900 10.5% 182,900
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.4% -0.7% -0.6% 35 1.1% 65,400 0.1% 5,600 3.6% 206,900
Rhode Island 4.0% -0.4% -0.4% -2.0% 31 1.3% 6,400 0.4% 2000 2.9% 14,100
South Carolina 3.4% -0.6% -0.8% -2.2% 17 1.9% 40,600 0.4% 8100 9.3% 181,400
South Dakota 3.0% -0.3% -0.4% 0.3% 10 1.5% 6300 -0.1% -600 7.9% 32,300
Tennessee 3.6% 0.1% 0.2% -1.8% 22 1.9% 56,000 0.4% 13600 9.5% 266,100
Texas 3.9% -0.2% -0.1% -0.4% 29 3.2% 394,500 0.6% 78,200 19.5% 2,064,400
Utah 3.1% 0.1% -0.1% 0.2% 13 3.5% 51,900 1.0% 15,700 20.4% 258,100
Vermont 2.8% 0.0% -0.2% -1.4% 7 -0.6% -1800 -0.6% -2000 1.4% 4,400
Virginia 3.0% -0.2% -0.7% -0.3% 11 1.4% 54,800 0.3% 10,100 6.2% 233,700
Washington 4.5% -0.2% -0.3% -0.2% 43 3.3% 108,800 0.8% 28,000 14.8% 442,600
West Virginia 5.3% -0.1% 0.1% 0.7% 49 1.0% 7400 -0.9% -7100 -1.1% -8300
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.2% -0.3% -1.7% 12 1.5% 44,200 0.6% 19,000 3.8% 110,000
Wyoming 3.9% 0.2% -0.2% 1.1% 30 2.3% 6,500 1.2% 3300 -2.0% -6,000

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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