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News from EPI Unemployment falls as a majority of states see job growth

The State and Regional Employment report for October, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a majority of states added jobs and experienced decreases in unemployment rates. From July to October, 32 states added jobs, with New Mexico (1.3 percent), Idaho (1.1 percent), Utah (0.9 percent), Arizona (0.7 percent), and South Carolina (0.7 percent) making the largest percentage job gains. Over that same period, job loss occurred in 18 states and the District of Columbia, up from 13 states in last month’s report. The largest job losses occurred in Rhode Island (-0.8 percent), North Dakota (-0.7 percent), Connecticut (-0.6 percent), Maine (-0.5 percent) and Wyoming (-0.5 percent).

“Most states continued their slow-but-steady progress toward a full recovery, but we need more states to see job gains and lower unemployment rates before we can truly say we’re out of the woods,” said EPI analyst Janelle Jones. “Rather than cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, Congress should look for ways to aid economic recovery in the states.”

From July to October, employment rates fell in 28 states. Alabama (-0.9 percentage points), Arizona (-0.6 percentage points), Massachusetts (-0.6 percentage points), and Hawaii (-0.5 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment. Over the same months, the unemployment rate increased in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Indiana (0.8 percentage points), Michigan (0.8 percentage points), New Jersey (0.7 percentage points), and Oregon (0.5 percentage points). In six states the unemployment rate remained unchanged: Delaware, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington.

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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% 0.3% 0.0% -0.2% 30 1.1% 23,000 0.3% 6,700 0.3% 6,600
Alaska 6.9% -0.4% -0.3% 0.5% 51 -0.6% -2000 -0.6% -2100 2.5% 8,100
Arizona 4.6% -0.3% -0.1% 0.3% 42 2.2% 61,100 0.5% 14,100 6.0% 160,500
Arkansas 3.7% -0.1% 0.0% -1.4% 21 0.9% 10,600 0.6% 7800 3.6% 43,000
California 4.2% 0.0% -0.5% -1.7% 33 2.0% 332,700 0.4% 75,400 10.8% 1,679,500
Colorado 2.8% -0.1% 0.0% -1.3% 5 2.9% 77,700 0.8% 21,600 16.5% 387,100
Connecticut 4.4% -0.1% -0.2% -0.5% 41 1.0% 16600 0.6% 10,200 -0.5% -8,500
Delaware 3.9% -0.3% -0.7% 0.2% 26 1.4% 6500 0.4% 2000 4.8% 21,100
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% -0.6% 0.0% 50 0.9% 7,300 -0.1% -400 13.5% 94,800
Florida 3.7% -0.2% -0.4% -1.0% 22 2.5% 210,600 0.8% 69,000 11.0% 869,000
Georgia 3.9% -0.4% -0.7% -1.1% 27 1.9% 83,200 0.6% 28,300 8.8% 366,200
Hawaii 2.1% 0.1% -0.2% -1.0% 1 1.9% 12,700 0.4% 2900 5.9% 36,800
Idaho 2.9% 0.0% -0.2% -0.2% 7 3.4% 24,300 0.7% 5,300 12.8% 83,800
Illinois 4.2% -0.2% -0.8% -1.2% 34 1.1% 65,700 0.5% 28600 2.4% 143,700
Indiana 3.4% 0.2% -0.2% -1.3% 15 0.6% 18,900 -0.2% -5,400 4.4% 130,600
Iowa 2.6% -0.2% -0.5% -1.1% 2 1.2% 19,000 0.5% 8400 4.3% 66,300
Kansas 3.4% 0.0% -0.2% -0.9% 16 1.7% 23,400 0.6% 8,800 2.9% 39,800
Kentucky 4.3% 0.3% -0.7% -1.1% 37 0.8% 16,000 0.4% 7500 4.2% 78,300
Louisiana 4.9% 0.4% -0.1% 0.7% 48 1.1% 20800 -0.2% -3900 2.7% 53,000
Maine 3.0% 0.3% -0.5% -1.8% 10 0.9% 5700 0.1% 800 1.3% 7800
Maryland 4.3% 0.0% 0.2% 1.0% 38 0.6% 16,500 0.5% 14500 4.9% 128,100
Massachusetts 3.6% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0% 19 1.8% 66,800 0.9% 34,200 10.9% 361,300
Michigan 4.3% -0.4% -0.2% -2.9% 39 1.5% 66,300 0.4% 17,000 4.3% 184,200
Minnesota 3.0% -0.2% -0.4% -1.7% 11 1.5% 43,100 1.1% 31800 7.5% 207,200
Mississippi 4.8% 0.2% -0.3% -1.0% 47 1.2% 13,600 -0.1% -900 0.3% 3,700
Missouri 3.4% -0.2% -0.2% -2.0% 17 1.2% 34,700 0.3% 9,900 3.6% 102,100
Montana 3.7% -0.3% -0.3% -0.5% 23 1.1% 5,100 0.7% 3400 7.0% 31,200
Nebraska 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% -0.1% 8 1.7% 17,500 0.7% 6,700 6.8% 65,500
Nevada 4.6% -0.3% -0.4% -0.4% 43 3.4% 46,000 1.1% 14,500 7.5% 96,800
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.1% 0.0% -0.8% 4 1.9% 12,800 0.6% 4000 5.8% 37,900
New Jersey 4.2% -0.3% -0.4% -0.3% 35 1.8% 75,500 0.6% 25,400 2.8% 116,200
New Mexico 4.7% -0.7% -1.4% 0.8% 46 1.6% 13,400 0.3% 2,300 -0.8% -6,400
New York 4.3% -0.3% -0.4% -0.5% 40 1.2% 117,000 0.4% 39,900 10.0% 873,100
North Carolina 4.1% -0.3% -0.3% -0.8% 31 2.4% 106,900 1.1% 48,400 8.7% 364,200
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0% 0.1% -0.4% 3 0.6% 2500 1.8% 7800 19.9% 71,900
Ohio 4.6% 0.3% -0.5% -1.0% 44 1.5% 82,200 0.7% 40,100 3.7% 198,000
Oklahoma 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% 0.2% 24 1.8% 29,500 0.5% 9100 5.3% 85,800
Oregon 3.9% -0.2% -0.2% -1.4% 28 2.5% 47,700 0.8% 15,200 10.6% 184,000
Pennsylvania 4.2% -0.5% -0.6% -0.5% 36 1.2% 71,900 0.1% 8,400 3.6% 208,900
Rhode Island 4.1% -0.4% -0.3% -1.9% 32 1.9% 9,200 0.9% 4700 3.3% 16,000
South Carolina 3.6% -0.6% -0.6% -2.0% 20 1.7% 34,800 0.4% 8500 9.2% 180,000
South Dakota 3.1% -0.3% -0.3% 0.4% 12 1.4% 5900 0.3% 1200 7.6% 31,200
Tennessee 3.5% 0.1% 0.0% -1.9% 18 1.9% 56,300 0.6% 18200 9.4% 263,200
Texas 4.0% -0.1% -0.1% -0.3% 29 3.1% 377,100 0.7% 89,100 19.3% 2,034,600
Utah 3.1% 0.0% -0.2% 0.2% 13 3.5% 51,100 0.7% 11,300 20.1% 253,900
Vermont 2.8% 0.0% -0.2% -1.4% 6 -0.3% -1100 -0.5% -1700 1.6% 4,900
Virginia 3.1% -0.2% -0.6% -0.2% 14 1.6% 62,600 0.6% 23,100 6.4% 240,400
Washington 4.6% -0.2% -0.2% -0.1% 45 3.1% 102,500 0.8% 28,200 14.5% 434,100
West Virginia 5.4% 0.0% 0.3% 0.8% 49 1.0% 7200 0.3% 2300 -1.1% -8200
Wisconsin 2.9% 0.1% -0.4% -1.8% 9 1.3% 38,800 0.6% 16,400 3.7% 107,300
Wyoming 3.8% 0.0% -0.2% 1.0% 25 2.0% 5,500 0.5% 1300 -2.6% -7,700

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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