Monday, March 17, 2014



IWS Documented News Service


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

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

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

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





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Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in January. Forty-

three states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from December,

one state had an increase, and six states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor

Statistics reported today. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment

rate decreases from a year earlier. The national jobless rate, 6.6 percent, was little

changed from December but was 1.3 percentage points lower than in January 2013.


In January 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 23 states and decreased in 27

states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases in employment

occurred in Texas (+33,900), Ohio (+16,700), and Arizona (+8,900). The largest over-

the-month decrease in employment occurred in California (-31,500), followed by Illinois

(-27,600) and Kentucky (-18,500). The largest over-the-month percentage increase in

employment occurred in Vermont (+1.0 percent), followed by Rhode Island (+0.8 percent)

and Nevada (+0.7 percent). The largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment

occurred in Kentucky (-1.0 percent), followed by Alaska (-0.8 percent) and Connecticut

and Delaware (-0.6 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 46

states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 4 states. The largest over-the-year

percentage increase occurred in Nevada (+3.4 percent), followed by North Dakota (+3.3

percent) and Texas (+2.9 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in

employment occurred in Kentucky and New Mexico (-0.3 percent each), followed by West

Virginia (-0.2 percent).



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  |                Regional, State, and Metropolitan Area Data Series Changes          |

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  |In accordance with annual practices, historical data have been revised in tables 1  |

  |through 6 of this news release. For detailed information on changes to the data, see|

  |the box notes at the end of the news release.                                       |




Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)


The West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate in January, 7.3 percent,

while the South had the lowest rate, 6.2 percent. Over the month, all four regions had

statistically significant unemployment rate declines: the Midwest, Northeast, and South

(-0.2 percentage point each) and West (-0.1 point). Significant over-the-year rate declines

also occurred in all four regions: the Northeast, South, and West (-1.2 percentage points

each) and Midwest (-0.7 point). (See table 1.)


Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific continued to have the highest jobless

rate, 7.7 percent in January. The West North Central again had the lowest rate, 4.8

percent. Seven divisions had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate

changes: the East North Central, East South Central, Middle Atlantic, and West South

Central (-0.3 percentage point each); New England and South Atlantic (-0.2 point each);

and Pacific (-0.1 point). Eight divisions had significant unemployment rate changes from

a year earlier, all of which were declines. The largest of these were in the Middle

Atlantic and South Atlantic (-1.5 percentage points each).


AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....




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