Tuesday, January 28, 2014



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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

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New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau







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Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in December.

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate

decreases from November, two states had increases, and nine states had

no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-two

states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from

a year earlier, six states had increases, and two states had no change.

The national jobless rate declined to 6.7 percent from November and was

1.2 percentage points lower than in December 2012.


In December 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 30 states,

decreased in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged

in Vermont. The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred

in Texas (+17,600), Florida (+14,100), and California (+13,600). The

largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in New Jersey

(-36,300), foandllowed by Pennsylvania (-11,400) and Kansas (-7,400). The

largest over-the-month percentage increases in employment occurred in

Alaska and Hawaii (+0.5 percent each). The largest over-the-month

percentage decline in employment occurred in New Jersey (-0.9 percent),

followed by Kansas (-0.5 percent) and Idaho (-0.4 percent). Over the

year, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states and decreased in Alaska

(-0.7 percent) and the District of Columbia (-0.1 percent). The largest

over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+4.0 percent),

followed by Florida (+2.6 percent) and Oregon (+2.4 percent).


Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)


In December, the West continued to have the highest regional unemploy-

ment rate, 7.4 percent, while the South had the lowest rate, 6.4

percent. Over the month, all four regions had statistically significant

unemployment rate declines: the Northeast and South (-0.3 percentage

point each) and Midwest and West (-0.2 point each). Significant declines

also occurred over the year in all regions: the West (-1.2 percentage

points), Northeast (-1.1 points), South (-0.9 point), and Midwest

(-0.5 point). (See table 1.)


Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific had the highest jobless

rate, 7.8 percent in December. The West North Central again had the

lowest rate, 4.7 percent. Six divisions had statistically significant

over-the-month unemployment rate changes, all of which were declines.

The largest of these declines occurred in the Middle Atlantic and South

Atlantic (-0.3 percentage point each). Five divisions had significant

rate changes from a year earlier: the Pacific and South Atlantic (-1.4

percentage points each), Middle Atlantic (-1.3 points), Mountain

(-0.8 point), and West North Central (-0.7 point).


AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES...




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