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News from EPI Long-term trends show states continuing to add jobs

The State and Regional Employment report for September, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows continued job gains in most states with 15 states experiencing job losses. In 40 states, the unemployment rate either decreased or remained the same.

“Upward revisions in August’s numbers, as well as the impact of Hurricane Florence, make it especially important to take these month-over-month changes with a grain of salt,” said EPI economic analyst Jessica Schieder. “Taking a longer view, we continue to see job growth in the vast majority of states in the three-month, six-month, and year-over-year numbers, although wage growth continues to lag.”

From June to September, 40 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with Arizona (1.3 percent), Nevada (1.0 percent), Georgia (0.9 percent), New Mexico (0.9 percent), and Utah (0.9 percent) having the highest percent change in job growth. Over the last three months, the number of jobs fell in seven states, with the largest drops occurring in Vermont (-1.0 percent), South Carolina (-0.6 percent), Alaska (-0.3 percent), and North Carolina (-0.3 percent). In Kansas, Louisiana, and Illinois, the number of jobs was essentially unchanged.

From June to September, unemployment rates fell in 31 states. Alaska (-0.6 percentage points) and South Carolina (-0.5 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. The unemployment rate increased in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Colorado (0.4 percentage points), Maine (0.4 percentage points), and Wyoming (0.4 percentage points).

September

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 3.8% 0.0% -0.1% -0.5% 20 1.4% 27600 0.4% 7700 1.3% 25800
Alaska 6.5% 0.0% -0.3% 0.1% 1 0.1% 300 -0.1% -400 2.9% 9400
Arizona 5.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.8% 5 2.8% 78700 0.6% 17300 8.2% 218600
Arkansas 3.7% 0.0% -0.1% -1.4% 27 1.0% 12600 0.5% 6900 5.4% 64600
California 4.2% 0.1% -0.2% -1.7% 13 1.4% 246400 0.3% 45700 11.8% 1824000
Colorado 3.7% 0.1% 0.8% -0.4% 32 1.8% 49300 0.4% 10500 17.0% 399500
Connecticut 3.8% 0.0% -0.8% -1.1% 17 0.7% 11400 0.2% 3800 -0.7% -11600
Delaware 3.5% -0.1% -0.6% -0.2% 24 1.6% 7400 0.8% 3900 5.8% 25400
Washington D.C. 5.4% 0.1% -0.4% -0.2% 2 0.3% 2600 -0.2% -1500 13.3% 92900
Florida 3.4% 0.1% -0.5% -1.3% 34 2.4% 209500 0.6% 49900 12.2% 969700
Georgia 3.8% 0.1% -0.5% -1.2% 28 2.1% 93900 0.5% 20900 10.0% 418500
Hawaii 2.7% 0.1% 0.4% -0.4% 49 0.4% 2600 0.2% 1500 4.8% 30200
Idaho 2.8% 0.1% -0.2% -0.3% 48 2.4% 17300 0.8% 5900 13.7% 90200
Illinois 4.3% 0.1% -0.1% -1.1% 11 1.3% 78000 0.6% 37400 3.2% 190800
Indiana 3.5% 0.0% 0.2% -1.2% 29 1.1% 35400 0.7% 22300 5.9% 176100
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.4% -1.3% 51 0.9% 13900 0.4% 5600 4.5% 68600
Kansas 3.4% 0.1% -0.1% -0.9% 35 1.0% 14300 0.3% 4100 2.6% 36500
Kentucky 4.2% -0.1% -0.1% -1.2% 9 1.2% 22700 0.7% 13500 4.8% 88900
Louisiana 4.9% 0.0% 0.2% 0.7% 4 0.5% 10200 -0.1% -2700 2.4% 46300
Maine 3.5% 0.0% 0.3% -1.3% 33 0.6% 3900 0.7% 4600 1.7% 10800
Maryland 3.7% 0.0% -0.5% 0.4% 21 0.9% 23500 0.6% 16600 5.6% 146400
Massachusetts 3.1% 0.0% -0.5% -1.5% 36 0.7% 27200 0.5% 17700 10.3% 342700
Michigan 4.0% 0.0% -0.5% -3.2% 18 1.1% 47000 0.3% 15300 4.6% 194300
Minnesota 3.0% 0.2% -0.1% -1.7% 43 0.4% 11600 0.1% 2800 7.0% 195100
Mississippi 4.7% 0.0% -0.2% -1.1% 6 0.9% 10900 0.2% 2400 0.2% 1800
Missouri 3.2% 0.2% -0.3% -2.2% 40 0.8% 23100 0.5% 14500 3.3% 93900
Montana 3.8% 0.1% 0.0% -0.4% 25 1.1% 5200 0.5% 2600 7.7% 34500
Nebraska 2.8% 0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 44 0.5% 5100 0.4% 4600 6.1% 59100
Nevada 4.4% 0.0% -0.4% -0.6% 10 3.9% 53300 0.8% 11600 9.6% 123500
New Hampshire 2.4% 0.0% -0.3% -1.1% 50 0.8% 5500 0.4% 2600 5.5% 35400
New Jersey 4.0% 0.1% -0.6% -0.5% 19 1.4% 58000 0.5% 21300 3.0% 122200
New Mexico 5.1% 0.1% -0.1% 1.2% 7 1.3% 10500 0.5% 4300 0.0% -300
New York 3.9% 0.1% -0.6% -0.9% 22 1.1% 107200 0.2% 24100 10.9% 956300
North Carolina 3.8% 0.1% -0.4% -1.1% 30 1.7% 73800 0.8% 36100 8.8% 368300
North Dakota 2.5% -0.1% -0.2% -0.5% 46 0.9% 4100 0.3% 1200 20.4% 73700
Ohio 4.7% 0.1% 0.2% -0.9% 8 1.0% 55500 0.6% 31100 3.4% 185500
Oklahoma 3.2% 0.1% -0.7% -0.4% 38 0.8% 13500 0.0% -400 5.4% 86800
Oregon 4.3% 0.1% 0.1% -1.0% 15 1.5% 28200 0.7% 13500 11.1% 193600
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1% -0.5% -0.6% 14 0.8% 45500 0.0% -500 3.8% 218800
Rhode Island 4.0% 0.0% -0.4% -2.0% 23 0.5% 2400 -0.2% -900 1.7% 8400
South Carolina 3.2% 0.0% -0.7% -2.4% 37 1.6% 34300 0.9% 19700 11.5% 224900
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0% -0.2% 0.2% 42 2.5% 10900 1.5% 6600 9.7% 39700
Tennessee 3.3% 0.0% -0.3% -2.1% 31 2.0% 61200 0.5% 14600 10.3% 290000
Texas 3.8% 0.1% -0.3% -0.5% 26 2.4% 292000 0.4% 49000 19.7% 2080500
Utah 3.1% -0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 39 3.4% 50900 0.9% 14500 22.2% 280700
Vermont 2.5% -0.1% -0.2% -1.7% 47 0.6% 2000 -0.4% -1300 2.2% 6800
Virginia 2.8% 0.0% -0.5% -0.5% 45 1.1% 44100 0.8% 32200 6.7% 252700
Washington 4.5% 0.1% -0.1% -0.2% 12 2.5% 83900 0.9% 29600 15.3% 459200
West Virginia 5.2% 0.1% -0.2% 0.6% 3 2.7% 19500 1.1% 8100 1.2% 8800
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0% 0.1% -1.7% 41 0.7% 21600 0.9% 26600 3.9% 111700
Wyoming 4.0% -0.2% 0.0% 1.2% 16 1.4% 4000 0.8% 2300 -1.9% -5600

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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