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[IWS] BLS: REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- FEBRUARY 2014 [28 March 2014]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
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REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- FEBRUARY 2014 [28 March 2014]
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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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