Economic News Release

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, August 21, 2015	    	   USDL-15-1593

Technical information: 
 Employment:	(202) 691-6559  •  sminfo@bls.gov  •  www.bls.gov/sae
 Unemployment:	(202) 691-6392  •  lausinfo@bls.gov  •  www.bls.gov/lau

Media contact:	(202) 691-5902  •  PressOffice@bls.gov


       REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JULY 2015


Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in July. Twenty-four 
states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from June, 
14 states had increases, and 12 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics reported today. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia had 
unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, six states had increases, and 
three states had no change. The national jobless rate was unchanged from June 
at 5.3 percent and was 0.9 percentage point lower than in July 2014.

In July 2015, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 34 states and decreased 
in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases 
in employment occurred in California (+80,700), Texas (+31,400), and Florida 
(+30,500). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in New 
Jersey (-13,600), followed by Louisiana (-4,500) and Kansas (-4,300). The 
largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment occurred in Wyoming 
(+0.9 percent), followed by Oklahoma and Rhode Island (+0.7 percent each). The 
largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment occurred in North Dakota 
(-0.5 percent), followed by Hawaii, Kansas, New Jersey, and West Virginia 
(-0.3 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 47 states 
and the District of Columbia, decreased in 2 states, and was unchanged in Alaska. 
The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Utah (+4.4 percent), 
followed by Nevada (+3.7 percent) and Florida (+3.5 percent). The over-the-year 
percentage decreases occurred in West Virginia (-2.5 percent) and North Dakota 
(-0.6 percent). 

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In July, the Midwest had the lowest regional unemployment rate, 4.8 percent, 
while the West had the highest rate, 5.7 percent. Over the month, the Midwest 
and Northeast had statistically significant unemployment rate changes 
(-0.2 percentage point each). Significant over-the-year rate decreases occurred 
in all four regions: the West (-1.0 percentage point), Midwest (-0.9 point), 
and Northeast and South (-0.8 point each). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest 
unemployment rate, 4.3 percent in July. The Pacific had the highest rate, 6.0 
percent. Over the month, the East North Central had the only statistically 
significant jobless rate change (-0.2 percentage point). 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 (-1.2 percentage
points).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in July, 2.7 percent. West Virginia had the 
highest rate, 7.5 percent. In total, 18 states had unemployment rates significantly 
lower than the U.S. figure of 5.3 percent, 10 states and the District of Columbia 
had measurably higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably 
different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In July, statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate declines 
occurred in Connecticut and Hawaii (-0.3 percentage point each) and New York 
and North Dakota (-0.1 point each). Significant over-the-month rate increases 
occurred in Oregon (+0.4 percentage point), Arizona (+0.2 point), and Nebraska 
(+0.1 point). The remaining 43 states and the District of Columbia had jobless 
rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though 
some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant 
changes.

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant 
unemployment rate declines from July 2014, the largest of which occurred in 
Rhode Island (-1.8 percentage points) and Michigan (-1.7 points). The only 
significant over-the-year rate increases occurred in West Virginia 
(+1.0 percentage point) and South Dakota (+0.5 point). The remaining 27 states 
had rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier. 
(See table B.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In July 2015, 17 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes in 
employment, 16 of which were positive. The largest significant job gains occurred 
in California (+80,700), Texas (+31,400), and Florida (+30,500). The only 
significant job decrease occurred in New Jersey (-13,600). (See tables C and 5.)

Over the year, 34 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant 
increases in employment and West Virginia had a significant decrease (-19,100). The 
largest significant over-the-year job increase occurred in California (+494,300), 
followed by Florida (+271,500) and Texas (+260,500). (See table D.)

_____________
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for July 2015 is 
scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The 
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for August 2015 is 
scheduled to be released on Friday, September 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., July 2015, seasonally adjusted
--------------------------------------------------------------
                State                |          Rate(p)       
--------------------------------------------------------------
United States (1) ...................|           5.3          
                                     |                        
Alabama .............................|           6.2          
Alaska ..............................|           6.7          
California ..........................|           6.2          
Colorado ............................|           4.3          
District of Columbia ................|           6.8          
Georgia .............................|           6.0          
Hawaii ..............................|           3.7          
Idaho ...............................|           4.1          
Iowa ................................|           3.8          
Kansas ..............................|           4.6          
                                     |                        
Louisiana ...........................|           6.2          
Maine ...............................|           4.6          
Minnesota ...........................|           4.0          
Mississippi .........................|           6.5          
Montana .............................|           4.0          
Nebraska ............................|           2.7          
Nevada ..............................|           6.8          
New Hampshire .......................|           3.7          
New Mexico ..........................|           6.5          
North Dakota ........................|           3.0          
                                     |                        
Oklahoma ............................|           4.5          
South Carolina ......................|           6.4          
South Dakota ........................|           3.8          
Texas ...............................|           4.2          
Utah ................................|           3.6          
Vermont .............................|           3.6          
West Virginia .......................|           7.5          
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.6          
Wyoming .............................|           4.1          
--------------------------------------------------------------
   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.



Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from July 2014 to July 2015, seasonally adjusted
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                |          Rate         |                
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year 
             State              |    July   |   July    |    change(p)   
                                |    2014   |  2015(p)  |                
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
California .....................|     7.4   |     6.2   |      -1.2      
Connecticut ....................|     6.4   |     5.4   |      -1.0      
Delaware .......................|     5.8   |     4.7   |      -1.1      
District of Columbia ...........|     7.8   |     6.8   |      -1.0      
Georgia ........................|     7.2   |     6.0   |      -1.2      
Hawaii .........................|     4.3   |     3.7   |       -.6      
Idaho ..........................|     4.9   |     4.1   |       -.8      
Illinois .......................|     6.7   |     5.8   |       -.9      
Indiana ........................|     5.8   |     4.7   |      -1.1      
Iowa ...........................|     4.3   |     3.8   |       -.5      
                                |           |           |                
Kentucky .......................|     6.2   |     5.2   |      -1.0      
Maine ..........................|     5.7   |     4.6   |      -1.1      
Michigan .......................|     7.0   |     5.3   |      -1.7      
Nebraska .......................|     3.3   |     2.7   |       -.6      
New Hampshire ..................|     4.3   |     3.7   |       -.6      
New York .......................|     6.1   |     5.4   |       -.7      
Oregon .........................|     7.0   |     5.9   |      -1.1      
Rhode Island ...................|     7.6   |     5.8   |      -1.8      
South Dakota ...................|     3.3   |     3.8   |        .5      
Texas ..........................|     5.0   |     4.2   |       -.8      
                                |           |           |                
Vermont ........................|     4.1   |     3.6   |       -.5      
Washington .....................|     6.2   |     5.3   |       -.9      
West Virginia ..................|     6.5   |     7.5   |       1.0      
Wisconsin ......................|     5.4   |     4.6   |       -.8      
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
   p = preliminary.



Table C.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
June 2015 to July 2015, seasonally adjusted
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              |    June     |    July     | Over-the-month
           State              |    2015     |   2015(p)   |    change(p)  
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Arizona ......................|   2,611,600 |   2,619,500 |       7,900   
California ...................|  16,068,400 |  16,149,100 |      80,700   
Florida ......................|   8,074,500 |   8,105,000 |      30,500   
Iowa .........................|   1,569,300 |   1,577,400 |       8,100   
Maryland .....................|   2,661,900 |   2,671,100 |       9,200   
Mississippi ..................|   1,130,000 |   1,135,800 |       5,800   
Missouri .....................|   2,763,600 |   2,775,500 |      11,900   
New Hampshire ................|     653,900 |     657,300 |       3,400   
New Jersey ...................|   3,999,600 |   3,986,000 |     -13,600   
New York .....................|   9,249,300 |   9,268,300 |      19,000   
                              |             |             |               
North Carolina ...............|   4,238,400 |   4,259,000 |      20,600   
Ohio .........................|   5,384,200 |   5,399,100 |      14,900   
Oklahoma .....................|   1,655,200 |   1,666,000 |      10,800   
Rhode Island .................|     482,900 |     486,200 |       3,300   
Texas ........................|  11,796,900 |  11,828,300 |      31,400   
Wisconsin ....................|   2,877,200 |   2,889,600 |      12,400   
Wyoming ......................|     291,600 |     294,300 |       2,700   
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
   p = preliminary.



Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
July 2014 to July 2015, seasonally adjusted
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              |    July     |    July     | Over-the-year 
           State              |    2014     |   2015(p)   |    change(p)  
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alabama ......................|   1,922,700 |   1,950,500 |      27,800   
Arizona ......................|   2,565,300 |   2,619,500 |      54,200   
Arkansas .....................|   1,185,400 |   1,213,800 |      28,400   
California ...................|  15,654,800 |  16,149,100 |     494,300   
Colorado .....................|   2,467,100 |   2,517,300 |      50,200   
Connecticut ..................|   1,665,400 |   1,696,000 |      30,600   
Delaware .....................|     437,700 |     445,200 |       7,500   
District of Columbia .........|     750,500 |     765,100 |      14,600   
Florida ......................|   7,833,500 |   8,105,000 |     271,500   
Georgia ......................|   4,162,800 |   4,252,200 |      89,400   
                              |             |             |               
Idaho ........................|     656,300 |     674,200 |      17,900   
Illinois .....................|   5,873,900 |   5,924,000 |      50,100   
Indiana ......................|   2,979,900 |   3,043,800 |      63,900   
Iowa .........................|   1,546,500 |   1,577,400 |      30,900   
Kentucky .....................|   1,861,400 |   1,890,900 |      29,500   
Maryland .....................|   2,617,400 |   2,671,100 |      53,700   
Massachusetts ................|   3,422,800 |   3,492,100 |      69,300   
Michigan .....................|   4,183,500 |   4,279,300 |      95,800   
Minnesota ....................|   2,829,200 |   2,853,300 |      24,100   
Mississippi ..................|   1,120,100 |   1,135,800 |      15,700   
                              |             |             |               
Missouri .....................|   2,737,100 |   2,775,500 |      38,400   
Nevada .......................|   1,215,500 |   1,261,000 |      45,500   
New York .....................|   9,104,900 |   9,268,300 |     163,400   
North Carolina ...............|   4,148,800 |   4,259,000 |     110,200   
Ohio .........................|   5,342,300 |   5,399,100 |      56,800   
Oregon .......................|   1,721,300 |   1,776,100 |      54,800   
Pennsylvania .................|   5,789,600 |   5,856,100 |      66,500   
South Carolina ...............|   1,946,800 |   2,001,800 |      55,000   
South Dakota .................|     424,000 |     432,900 |       8,900   
Tennessee ....................|   2,816,400 |   2,868,900 |      52,500   
                              |             |             |               
Texas ........................|  11,567,800 |  11,828,300 |     260,500   
Utah .........................|   1,327,000 |   1,385,600 |      58,600   
Virginia .....................|   3,776,800 |   3,817,500 |      40,700   
Washington ...................|   3,080,900 |   3,182,400 |     101,500   
West Virginia ................|     761,300 |     742,200 |     -19,100   
Wisconsin ....................|   2,845,100 |   2,889,600 |      44,500   
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
   p = preliminary.



The PDF version of the news release

Table of Contents

Last Modified Date: August 21, 2015
Recommend this page using: