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News from EPI Most states experience job growth in October

The State and Regional Employment report for October, released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed continued job gains in 41 states, with seven states experiencing job losses. Additionally, in 42 states and the District of Columbia the unemployment rate either declined or held steady.

“The economy added an average of 218,000 jobs each month over the past 3 months,” said Economic Analyst Jessica Schieder. “This growth—coupled with improvements in the employment-to-population ratio—is good news, in that it shows workers are still continuing to rejoin the labor market. Nonetheless, there’s still work to be done to reach full employment.”

From July to October, 43 states added jobs, with New Mexico (1.4 percent), Arizona (1.3 percent), Alaska (1.0 percent), New Hampshire (1.0 percent), and South Dakota (0.9 percent) having the highest percent change in job growth. Over the last three months, the number of jobs fell in seven states and the District of Columbia, with the largest drops occurring in Vermont (-0.5 percent), Idaho (-0.3 percent), Rhode Island (-0.2 percent), and Wisconsin (-0.2 percent).

From July to October, unemployment rates fell in 32 states. Alaska (-0.5 percentage points), North Carolina (-0.5 percentage points), Michigan (-0.4 percentage points), and Oklahoma (-0.4 percentage points) saw the largest declines in unemployment rates. The unemployment rate increased in 12 states. The largest increases in unemployment rates occurred in Colorado (0.4 percentage points), Maine (0.4 percentage points), and Wyoming (0.3 percentage points).

October

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 3.1% -0.6% -0.8% -1.2% 37 2.0% 41800 0.6% 12500 2.7% 55300
Alaska 6.2% -0.2% -0.3% -0.2% 1 1.1% 3700 -0.5% -1500 3.7% 11800
Arizona 5.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.7% 4 2.5% 71400 0.8% 22600 9.8% 262000
Arkansas 3.4% -0.2% -0.2% -1.7% 25 1.2% 15600 0.3% 4300 5.9% 71200
California 4.1% -0.1% 0.0% -1.8% 12 1.8% 314200 0.5% 92000 13.2% 2038500
Colorado 2.8% -0.4% -0.6% -1.3% 44 2.4% 64900 1.0% 28300 19.1% 449800
Connecticut 3.6% -0.2% -0.4% -1.3% 21 0.4% 7600 0.2% 3600 -0.7% -12200
Delaware 3.4% 0.2% -0.3% -0.3% 26 1.1% 4900 0.3% 1500 5.6% 24700
Washington D.C. 5.5% -0.2% 0.1% -0.1% 2 1.2% 9400 0.8% 6500 14.7% 102600
Florida 3.3% -0.1% -0.1% -1.4% 28 2.5% 221200 0.7% 62700 13.9% 1102500
Georgia 3.6% -0.2% -0.2% -1.4% 22 1.9% 84600 0.9% 41200 11.2% 466200
Hawaii 2.7% -0.1% 0.2% -0.4% 47 0.1% 600 -0.2% -1400 4.7% 29200
Idaho 2.9% 0.1% 0.1% -0.2% 40 2.1% 15700 0.3% 2200 15.3% 100300
Illinois 4.0% -0.4% -0.2% -1.4% 15 1.1% 65500 0.1% 7500 3.4% 204400
Indiana 3.3% -0.3% -0.2% -1.4% 29 0.6% 20000 -0.2% -7000 5.7% 171200
Iowa 2.5% 0.1% 0.1% -1.2% 48 0.8% 12600 0.4% 5900 4.6% 69900
Kansas 3.2% -0.3% -0.1% -1.1% 32 1.1% 15500 0.9% 12400 3.7% 51800
Kentucky 4.4% 0.4% 0.0% -1.0% 8 1.0% 19400 0.0% 800 5.0% 93500
Louisiana 4.3% -0.1% -0.6% 0.1% 9 0.1% 1000 0.2% 4500 2.5% 48600
Maine 2.9% -0.4% -0.6% -1.9% 41 1.2% 7600 0.4% 2800 2.2% 13400
Maryland 3.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 19 0.1% 3700 -0.3% -8300 5.1% 132900
Massachusetts 2.9% -0.1% -0.4% -1.7% 42 1.2% 43600 0.4% 13400 11.1% 368100
Michigan 4.2% 0.0% 0.3% -3.0% 10 0.4% 16000 0.1% 6100 4.7% 199700
Minnesota 3.3% 0.0% 0.5% -1.4% 30 0.1% 2800 0.1% 3300 7.0% 193900
Mississippi 5.2% 0.2% 0.5% -0.6% 3 1.3% 15000 0.2% 2700 0.7% 8600
Missouri 3.2% -0.1% 0.2% -2.2% 33 1.3% 38200 0.5% 13500 4.2% 119200
Montana 3.3% -0.3% -0.4% -0.9% 31 1.3% 6200 0.6% 2800 8.6% 38200
Nebraska 3.1% 0.1% 0.4% 0.1% 38 0.8% 8200 0.3% 3300 6.7% 64700
Nevada 4.1% 0.1% -0.4% -0.9% 13 3.0% 42100 0.2% 3400 10.9% 140600
New Hampshire 2.5% 0.1% 0.0% -1.0% 49 1.9% 13000 0.7% 4900 6.9% 45100
New Jersey 3.2% -0.6% -0.8% -1.3% 34 1.1% 46700 0.1% 6000 3.1% 125700
New Mexico 4.9% -0.1% 0.1% 1.0% 5 2.1% 17500 0.7% 6400 1.3% 11200
New York 4.0% 0.0% 0.1% -0.8% 16 1.0% 92100 0.1% 10400 11.6% 1015700
North Carolina 4.2% 0.1% 0.5% -0.7% 11 1.6% 71000 0.3% 15600 9.7% 405500
North Dakota 2.4% 0.1% -0.2% -0.6% 50 0.6% 2600 0.1% 300 20.6% 74700
Ohio 4.1% 0.0% -0.5% -1.5% 14 0.4% 24800 0.0% 2300 3.2% 173600
Oklahoma 3.2% 0.0% 0.1% -0.4% 35 0.3% 5700 0.0% 200 5.6% 90300
Oregon 4.0% -0.2% -0.1% -1.3% 17 1.9% 36800 0.1% 2300 11.9% 206800
Pennsylvania 3.9% 0.1% -0.3% -0.8% 18 0.6% 38400 0.1% 6100 4.1% 240300
Rhode Island 3.6% 0.0% -0.3% -2.4% 23 1.5% 7400 1.0% 4800 3.4% 16600
South Carolina 3.2% -0.3% 0.0% -2.4% 36 1.5% 31900 0.1% 2500 11.9% 231300
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0% -0.1% 0.2% 43 1.6% 7200 -0.1% -500 9.4% 38400
Tennessee 3.5% 0.2% 0.0% -1.9% 24 1.5% 45900 0.4% 12700 11.0% 310000
Texas 3.4% -0.1% -0.3% -0.9% 27 2.4% 303500 0.7% 92700 21.6% 2287300
Utah 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% -0.1% 45 2.8% 42100 0.8% 12600 23.8% 301400
Vermont 2.1% 0.0% -0.5% -2.1% 51 0.2% 600 -0.1% -300 3.0% 9400
Virginia 2.8% -0.2% 0.0% -0.5% 46 0.9% 36700 0.2% 9100 6.9% 262300
Washington 4.6% 0.0% 0.2% -0.1% 6 2.6% 89000 0.5% 16400 16.9% 507700
West Virginia 4.6% -0.2% -0.5% 0.0% 7 0.7% 5100 -0.1% -1100 0.8% 5600
Wisconsin 3.1% 0.3% 0.1% -1.6% 39 0.1% 1900 -0.2% -4900 3.5% 100400
Wyoming 3.7% 0.2% -0.5% 0.9% 20 1.3% 3800 -0.3% -1000 -2.0% -5800

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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