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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 3.8% 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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