BLS – Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 21, 2013

News release: “ Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in November. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from October and five states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-two states had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, seven states and the District of Columbia had increases, and one state had no change. The national jobless rate declined to 7.0 percent from October and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in November 2012.In November 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 43 states and decreased in 7 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+44,300), Texas (+28,700), and Indiana (+25,200).  The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-12,000), followed by North Carolina (-6,500) and Washington (-6,000). The largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment occurred in Indiana (+0.9 percent), followed by Nevada (+0.8 percent) and Vermont (+0.7 percent). The largest over-the-month percentage declines in employment occurred in the District of Columbia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington (-0.2 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in Alaska (-1.0 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+4.0 percent), followed by Florida and Texas (+2.5 percent each) and Georgia and Idaho (+2.3 percent each).”

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