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Friday, 21 July 2017

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in October

El Centro, California.- Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in October. Thirty- seven states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, seven states posted rate increases, and six states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while eight states experienced increases. The national jobless rate, 7.9 percent, was essentially unchanged from September but was 1.0 percentage point lower than in October 2011.

In October 2012, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 35 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 15 states. The largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in California (+45,800), followed by Texas (+36,600) and Georgia (+16,100). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Michigan (-16,500), followed by New Jersey (-11,700) and Minnesota (-8,100).

Utah experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+0.7 percent), followed by Louisiana and Montana (+0.6 percent each). Alaska and Rhode Island experienced the largest over-the-month percentage declines in employment (-0.5 percent each), followed by Kentucky and Michigan (-0.4 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 7 states. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+5.3 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in West Virginia (-1.5 percent).

In October 2012, fourteen states recorded statistically significant over-the-month increases in employment. The largest of these increases occurred in California (+45,800), Texas (+36,600), and Georgia (+16,100). Four states experienced statistically significant employment declines over the month, the largest of which was in Michigan (-16,500).

Over the year, 31 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment; only West Virginia’s employment decreased (-11,000). The largest over-the-year jobs increase occurred in California (+295,300), followed by Texas (+277,400) and New York (+134,500).

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