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[IWS] BLS: REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- AUGUST 2014 [19 September 2014]
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REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- AUGUST 2014 [19 September 2014]
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Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in August.
Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases
from July, 15 states had decreases, and 11 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia
had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, three states had increases,
and two states had no change. The national jobless rate was little changed from
July at 6.1 percent but was 1.1 percentage points lower than in August 2013.
In August 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 35 states and decreased
in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases
in employment occurred in California (+44,200), Florida (+22,700), and Texas
(+20,100). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Michigan
(-9,500), followed by Arizona (-5,400) and Massachusetts (-5,300). The largest
over-the-month percentage increase in employment occurred in New Mexico
(+0.6 percent), followed by Nebraska (+0.5 percent) and Alabama and Georgia
(+0.4 percent each). The largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment
occurred in New Hampshire (-0.7 percent), followed by the District of Columbia
and Idaho (-0.6 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in
49 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in Alaska (-0.8 percent).
The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota
(+4.4 percent), followed by Nevada, Texas, and Utah (+3.5 percent each).
Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)
In August, the West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate,
6.6 percent, while the Midwest again had the lowest rate, 5.8 percent. The
South had the only statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate
increase (+0.2 percentage point), while the Midwest had the only appreciable
rate decrease from July (-0.1 point). Significant over-the-year rate declines
occurred in all four regions: the Midwest, Northeast, and West (-1.4 percentage
points each) and South (-0.7 point). (See table 1.)
Among the nine geographic divisions, the East South Central had the highest
unemployment rate, 7.3 percent in August. The West North Central again had the
lowest rate, 4.8 percent. Over the month, the South Atlantic and West South
Central had the only statistically significant jobless rate changes (+0.3
percentage point and +0.1 point, respectively). Eight divisions had significant
rate changes from a year earlier, all of which were declines. The largest of
these decreases occurred in the East North Central (-1.9 percentage points) and
Middle Atlantic and Pacific (-1.4 points each).
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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