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News from EPI The unemployment rate fell in most states in 2018: 44 states and the District of Columbia showed job gains in December

The State and Regional Employment report for December, released on this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showed continued job gains in 44 states and the District of Columbia, with six states experiencing job losses. Additionally, in 38 states and the District of Columbia the unemployment rate either declined or held steady.

“In 2018, the unemployment rate fell in 41 states and the District of Columbia, and the economy added 220,000 jobs every month on average,” said Economic Analyst Jessica Schieder. “This is good news, but 2019 could potentially bring  tighter Fed policy and slower government spending. With any boost from the tax cuts behind us, these factors could rein in growth even as workers are still continuing to rejoin the labor market.”

From September to December, 48 states and the District of Columbia added jobs, with South Carolina (1.7 percent), Nevada (1.4 percent), South Dakota (1.1 percent), Wyoming (1.0 percent), and Alabama (0.9 percent) having the highest percent change in job growth. Over the last three months, the number of jobs fell in two states, Alaska (-0.3 percent) and Maine (-0.2 percent).

From July to October, unemployment rates fell in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Delaware (-0.3 percentage points), Maryland (-0.3 percentage points), Massachusetts (-0.3 percentage points), and Oklahoma (-0.3 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), Hawaii (0.3 percentage points), and Oregon (0.3 percentage points).

December

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 3.7% 0.0% -0.4% -0.6% 1.8% 1.7% 37400 0.3% 7100 2.0% 40800
Alaska 6.4% -0.1% -0.2% 0.0% 1.7% 1.6% 5600 0.6% 2100 4.3% 13600
Arizona 4.9% -0.2% 0.2% 0.6% 2.7% 2.8% 76200 0.6% 18400 9.0% 240200
Arkansas 3.6% -0.2% -0.1% -1.5% 1.0% 1.1% 12500 0.0% 0 5.5% 66600
California 4.2% 0.0% 0.0% -1.7% 1.6% 1.6% 282700 0.6% 96500 12.6% 1944300
Colorado 3.2% -0.5% 0.1% -0.9% 1.7% 1.8% 45900 0.6% 17300 17.7% 416700
Connecticut 3.8% 0.0% -0.4% -1.1% 0.4% 0.7% 6600 0.0% -700 -0.9% -15400
Delaware 3.2% -0.2% -0.6% -0.5% 0.6% 0.9% 2700 -0.2% -1000 5.3% 23500
Washington D.C. 5.7% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5% 0.5% 3600 0.1% 900 13.8% 96300
Florida 3.4% -0.1% -0.3% -1.3% 2.5% 2.4% 214500 0.5% 40500 13.0% 1030700
Georgia 3.8% -0.1% -0.2% -1.2% 1.5% 1.5% 69100 -0.2% -7100 10.2% 424200
Hawaii 2.8% 0.1% 0.5% -0.3% 0.3% 0.6% 2200 -0.1% -700 4.9% 30500
Idaho 2.8% -0.1% -0.1% -0.3% 2.5% 2.5% 18400 0.7% 5200 14.9% 97800
Illinois 4.4% 0.1% 0.1% -1.0% 1.2% 1.4% 74700 0.2% 9900 3.2% 192200
Indiana 3.6% 0.1% 0.1% -1.1% 0.8% 1.2% 24400 -0.2% -6800 5.8% 174700
Iowa 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.3% 0.4% 0.7% 6300 0.2% 2800 4.2% 64800
Kansas 3.5% 0.1% 0.2% -0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 12900 0.5% 6400 2.8% 38400
Kentucky 4.0% -0.1% -0.4% -1.4% 1.0% 1.0% 18900 0.0% 0 4.9% 91500
Louisiana 4.4% -0.5% -0.6% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 1900 0.1% 1500 2.3% 44800
Maine 3.3% -0.2% 0.0% -1.5% 0.2% 0.5% 1300 -0.5% -3400 1.5% 9200
Maryland 3.8% 0.1% -0.2% 0.5% 0.5% 0.7% 15000 0.0% 1100 5.5% 143300
Massachusetts 3.0% 0.0% -0.5% -1.6% 0.7% 1.0% 26700 -0.1% -1900 10.5% 349400
Michigan 4.2% 0.2% 0.0% -3.0% 0.5% 0.8% 23400 -0.2% -7000 4.5% 190700
Minnesota 3.3% 0.2% 0.4% -1.4% 0.2% 0.8% 5400 0.1% 1800 6.8% 188700
Mississippi 5.0% 0.2% 0.2% -0.8% 1.0% 1.0% 12100 0.4% 5200 0.5% 5700
Missouri 3.3% 0.1% 0.1% -2.1% 1.1% 1.0% 31000 0.7% 20900 3.7% 104100
Montana 3.6% -0.2% -0.1% -0.6% 1.0% 0.8% 4600 0.3% 1300 7.8% 34800
Nebraska 3.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3% 4800 0.3% 3100 6.3% 61100
Nevada 4.0% -0.3% -0.6% -1.0% 4.0% 3.6% 55200 1.1% 15200 10.9% 141200
New Hampshire 2.4% 0.0% -0.2% -1.1% 1.4% 1.5% 9300 0.2% 1100 6.1% 39400
New Jersey 3.8% -0.2% -0.4% -0.7% 1.1% 1.4% 45900 0.2% 7600 2.9% 119100
New Mexico 5.0% -0.1% 0.2% 1.1% 1.8% 1.6% 15300 0.8% 6600 0.6% 5200
New York 4.0% 0.1% -0.2% -0.8% 1.0% 1.4% 98200 0.2% 18200 11.4% 995200
North Carolina 4.1% 0.2% 0.1% -0.8% 1.5% 1.6% 67000 0.5% 24900 9.4% 393400
North Dakota 2.3% -0.1% -0.3% -0.7% 0.6% 0.7% 2800 0.5% 2100 20.4% 74000
Ohio 4.1% -0.5% -0.5% -1.5% 0.8% 0.8% 42900 0.0% 400 3.2% 175500
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.1% -0.3% -0.4% 0.6% 1.0% 9900 0.2% 2600 5.6% 89100
Oregon 4.2% -0.2% 0.2% -1.1% 2.0% 2.0% 37500 0.6% 11700 11.8% 205900
Pennsylvania 3.8% -0.2% -0.5% -0.9% 0.9% 1.0% 54900 0.2% 10900 4.1% 240000
Rhode Island 3.6% -0.3% -0.4% -2.4% 0.4% 1.0% 2100 0.7% 3500 2.3% 11100
South Carolina 3.5% 0.3% 0.1% -2.1% 1.9% 2.0% 40900 0.3% 7200 11.8% 230300
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0% -0.2% 0.2% 1.9% 2.6% 8400 0.0% 100 9.3% 38100
Tennessee 3.3% 0.1% -0.3% -2.1% 1.6% 1.7% 47400 0.1% 4300 10.5% 295700
Texas 3.5% -0.3% -0.4% -0.8% 2.3% 2.4% 286300 0.6% 80300 20.7% 2182600
Utah 2.9% -0.1% -0.2% 0.0% 2.8% 3.0% 42600 0.4% 6400 22.8% 288600
Vermont 2.1% -0.3% -0.6% -2.1% 1.2% 1.3% 3900 0.3% 900 3.0% 9400
Virginia 3.0% 0.1% 0.0% -0.3% 0.8% 1.1% 32000 0.2% 6600 6.7% 252600
Washington 4.7% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 2.8% 2.7% 94600 1.5% 50300 16.5% 493200
West Virginia 4.8% -0.4% -0.5% 0.2% 0.7% 1.8% 5200 -0.2% -1500 0.8% 6100
Wisconsin 2.8% -0.1% -0.3% -1.9% 0.5% 0.5% 15000 -0.1% -2900 3.6% 104300
Wyoming 3.5% -0.4% -0.5% 0.7% 1.6% 1.4% 4500 0.1% 300 -1.8% -5300

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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