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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 4.0% -0.1% 2.4% -0.3% 35 1.7% 34,800 0.7% 15,000 1.2% 23,600
Alaska 6.3% -0.4% -1.8% -0.1% 51 -0.2% -500 -0.1% -200 2.2% 7,000
Arizona 4.7% 0.1% 2.5% 0.4% 47 3.6% 101,600 0.8% 22,800 8.0% 213,100
Arkansas 3.6% 0.0% -0.7% -1.5% 25 1.0% 12,200 0.3% 3,600 3.9% 46,700
California 4.1% -0.1% 0.7% -1.8% 38 1.8% 299,800 0.5% 78,000 11.5% 1,787,800
Colorado 3.3% 0.4% 2.5% -0.8% 18 2.6% 69,100 0.2% 6,800 17.0% 399,600
Connecticut 4.1% -0.2% 0.2% -0.8% 37 1.4% 23,000 0.1% 1,100 -0.1% -2,400
Delaware 3.8% -0.1% 1.8% 0.1% 29 1.6% 7,100 0.4% 1,700 5.3% 23,400
Washington D.C. 5.6% 0.0% 0.8% 0.0% 50 0.0% 200 -0.4% -3,100 13.4% 93,600
Florida 3.3% -0.4% 1.1% -1.4% 17 2.8% 241,600 0.5% 47,500 11.9% 941,300
Georgia 3.5% -0.3% 1.1% -1.5% 21 2.2% 99,000 0.6% 26,300 9.9% 410,900
Hawaii 2.4% 0.3% 0.4% -0.7% 2 2.0% 13,300 -0.1% -1,000 6.1% 38,400
Idaho 2.6% -0.2% 1.4% -0.5% 4 1.8% 13,200 -0.1% -600 12.7% 83,100
Illinois 4.2% 0.1% 0.7% -1.2% 40 0.9% 54,600 0.2% 14,400 2.5% 151,300
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 2.5% -1.1% 24 1.0% 30,100 0.1% 3,000 4.9% 148,100
Iowa 2.4% -0.1% 0.9% -1.3% 1 1.0% 15,900 0.0% -500 4.4% 67,800
Kansas 3.2% -0.1% 0.6% -1.1% 14 1.4% 19,700 -0.2% -2,200 3.0% 41,800
Kentucky 4.5% 0.1% 1.1% -0.9% 43 0.9% 17,000 0.2% 3,900 4.4% 82,200
Louisiana 5.0% 0.0% -0.1% 0.8% 48 1.2% 23,100 0.2% 3,800 2.9% 55,800
Maine 3.4% 0.2% 0.6% -1.4% 20 1.0% 6,100 0.0% 0 1.2% 7,600
Maryland 4.0% -0.2% 0.1% 0.7% 34 1.3% 36,700 0.5% 12,400 5.7% 148,000
Massachusetts 3.4% -0.2% 4.9% -1.2% 19 1.7% 60,500 0.1% 2,900 11.1% 367,700
Michigan 3.9% -0.2% -0.2% -3.3% 32 1.2% 51,900 0.1% 4,200 4.6% 194,800
Minnesota 2.8% -0.1% 0.7% -1.9% 9 1.2% 35,200 0.1% 2,200 7.5% 206,800
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1% 0.5% -1.1% 46 1.2% 14,100 0.3% 3,300 1.1% 12,400
Missouri 3.0% -0.3% 0.6% -2.4% 12 1.1% 32,400 0.2% 4,400 3.9% 109,600
Montana 3.7% 0.0% -0.3% -0.5% 27 1.6% 7,400 0.5% 2,200 7.9% 35,100
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0% 1.4% -0.2% 8 1.3% 12,900 -0.1% -900 6.7% 64,600
Nevada 4.4% -0.1% 3.0% -0.6% 42 3.8% 51,900 1.0% 13,900 8.7% 112,600
New Hampshire 2.5% -0.2% 2.2% -1.0% 3 2.2% 15,100 0.8% 5,500 7.0% 45,300
New Jersey 4.0% -0.2% -0.4% -0.5% 33 1.5% 60,900 0.4% 16,500 3.1% 127,100
New Mexico 4.6% 0.0% 1.5% 0.7% 45 2.1% 17,700 0.7% 5,900 0.6% 4,800
New York 3.9% -0.3% 0.5% -0.9% 31 1.2% 114,400 0.5% 47,800 10.4% 912,700
North Carolina 3.6% -0.3% 0.5% -1.3% 23 2.3% 100,700 0.2% 11,300 9.0% 373,200
North Dakota 2.8% 0.2% -2.7% -0.2% 7 1.7% 7,400 -0.3% -1,100 20.0% 72,400
Ohio 4.6% 0.0% -0.3% -1.0% 44 2.1% 116,400 0.3% 14,300 4.3% 230,800
Oklahoma 3.3% -0.4% 0.8% -0.3% 16 1.7% 28,200 0.4% 6,100 6.1% 97,700
Oregon 3.9% 0.1% -0.4% -1.4% 30 2.5% 46,700 0.6% 11,400 11.3% 195,800
Pennsylvania 4.2% 0.1% 0.3% -0.5% 39 1.3% 78,700 0.5% 27,600 4.2% 243,900
Rhode Island 3.8% -0.2% 0.8% -2.2% 28 1.0% 5,100 0.1% 600 3.1% 14,900
South Carolina 3.3% -0.1% -0.3% -2.3% 15 1.6% 32,800 0.5% 10,500 9.7% 189,000
South Dakota 3.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.3% 11 2.1% 9,300 1.3% 5,600 9.3% 37,900
Tennessee 3.6% 0.0% 1.1% -1.8% 22 2.0% 60,700 0.5% 16,800 10.2% 284,700
Texas 3.7% -0.2% 2.0% -0.6% 26 3.0% 365,400 0.6% 80,500 20.3% 2,141,300
Utah 3.2% 0.1% 0.5% 0.3% 13 2.9% 43,700 0.3% 4,100 20.9% 264,200
Vermont 2.7% -0.1% 0.1% -1.5% 5 -0.4% -1,300 0.1% 200 1.5% 4,700
Virginia 2.8% -0.2% 0.8% -0.5% 6 1.9% 75,100 0.3% 12,100 6.7% 254,700
Washington 4.3% -0.2% 1.1% -0.4% 41 2.9% 99,000 0.6% 21,100 15.5% 464,000
West Virginia 5.2% -0.1% -0.1% 0.6% 49 0.9% 6,500 0.2% 1,600 -0.9% -6,600
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0% -0.1% -1.7% 10 1.5% 43,800 0.1% 3,700 3.9% 112,300
Wyoming 4.1% 0.2% -2.1% 1.3% 36 3.2% 9,000 1.1% 3,300 -1.4% -4,000

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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