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[IWS] BLS: REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- DECEMBER 2014 [27 January 2015]
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REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- DECEMBER 2014 [27 January 2015]
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Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in December. Forty-two
states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from November,
four states had increases, and four states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia had
unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, two states had increases, and
two states had no change. The national jobless rate declined to 5.6 percent from
5.8 percent in November and was 1.1 percentage points lower than in December 2013.
In December 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 41 states and decreased
in 9 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases in
employment occurred in Texas (+45,700), New York (+30,400), and Illinois (+17,100).
The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Minnesota (-5,200),
followed by Idaho (-2,700) and New Mexico (-1,600). The largest over-the-month
percentage increases in employment occurred in Alaska and Montana (+0.7 percent
each), followed by New Hampshire (+0.6 percent). The largest over-the-month
percentage declines in employment occurred in Idaho and Vermont (-0.4 percent
each), followed by Delaware, Minnesota, and New Mexico (-0.2 percent each). Over
the year, nonfarm employment increased in all 50 states and the District
of Columbia. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota
(+5.4 percent), followed by Texas (+4.0 percent) and Utah (+3.9 percent).
Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)
In December, the West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate,
6.3 percent, while the Midwest had the lowest rate, 5.2 percent. Over the month,
all four regions had statistically significant unemployment rate declines: the
Midwest, Northeast, and South (-0.2 percentage point each) and the West (-0.1
point). Significant over-the-year rate decreases also occurred in all four
regions: the Midwest (-1.6 percentage points), Northeast (-1.3 points), West
(-1.1 points), and South (-0.8 point). (See table 1.)
Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific had the highest jobless rate,
6.8 percent in December. The West North Central again had the lowest rate, 4.2
percent. Over the month, statistically significant jobless rate changes occurred
in the East North Central, New England, South Atlantic, and West South Central
(-0.2 percentage point each). All nine divisions had significant rate declines
from a year earlier. The largest of these decreases occurred in the East North
Central (-2.0 percentage points).
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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