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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 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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