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[IWS] BLS: REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- FEBRUARY 2014 [28 March 2014]

IWS Documented News Service

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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 EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- FEBRUARY 2014 [28 March 2014]

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm

or

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/laus.pdf

[full-text, 21 pages]

and

Supplemental Files Table of Contents

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus.supp.toc.htm

 

 

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in February.

Twenty-nine states had unemployment rate decreases from January, 10 states had

increases, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S.

Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-nine states and the District

of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier and one state

had no change. The national jobless rate, 6.7 percent, was little changed from

January, but was 1.0 percentage point lower than in February 2013.

 

In February 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states and decreased

in 17 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases in

employment occurred in California (+58,800), Texas (+37,600), and Florida (+33,400).

The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in North Carolina

(-11,300), followed by Wisconsin (-9,500) and Georgia (-5,800). The largest over-

the-month percentage increase in employment occurred in North Dakota (+1.3 percent),

followed by West Virginia (+0.6 percent) and Delaware, Idaho, and New Hampshire

(+0.5 percent each). The largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment

occurred in Alaska (-0.7 percent), followed by Vermont (-0.5 percent) and Hawaii

(-0.4 percent). 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 North Dakota (+4.1 percent), followed by Nevada (+3.6 percent)

and Colorado, Florida, and Texas (+2.8 percent each). The largest over-the-year

percentage decreases in employment occurred in Kentucky (-0.3 percent), New Mexico

(-0.2 percent), and Alaska (-0.1 percent).

 

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

 

The West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate in February, 7.2

percent, while the South had the lowest rate, 6.1 percent. The South had the only

statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate change (-0.1 percentage

point). Over the year, all four regions had statistically significant rate declines:

the Northeast and South (-1.2 percentage points each), West (-1.1 points), and Midwest

(-0.8 point). (See table 1.)

 

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

jobless rate, 7.6 percent in February, while the West North Central again had the

lowest rate, 5.0 percent. New England and the South Atlantic had statistically

significant over-the-month unemployment rate declines (-0.3 and -0.1 percentage

point, respectively), while the West North Central had a statistically significant

rate increase (+0.2 point). Eight divisions had significant unemployment rate changes

from a year earlier, all of which were declines. The largest of these declines were

in the South Atlantic (-1.5 percentage points) and Middle Atlantic (-1.4 points).

 

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

 

 

 

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