Economic News Release

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, September 19, 2014                        USDL-14-1715

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         REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- AUGUST 2014


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).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Georgia had the highest unemployment rate among the states in August, 8.1
percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.8 percent. In total,
17 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of
6.1 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates,
and 25 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the
nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In August, nine states and the District of Columbia had statistically
significant over-the-month unemployment rate increases, the largest of which
were in South Carolina (+0.6 percentage point) and Georgia and Vermont (+0.4
point each). Four states had significant jobless rate decreases from July, the
largest of which were in Kentucky and Michigan (-0.3 percentage point each).
The remaining 37 states had 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. (See table B.)

Twenty-seven states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes
over the year, all of which were decreases. The largest of these declines
occurred in Illinois (-2.5 percentage points) and Nevada (-2.2 points). The
remaining 23 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not
appreciably different from those of a year earlier. (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In August 2014, eight states had statistically significant over-the-month
increases in employment and three states and the District of Columbia had
significant decreases. The largest statistically significant job gains occurred
in California (+44,200), Florida (+22,700), and Georgia (+15,800). The
statistically significant job decreases occurred in New Hampshire (-4,800),
Mississippi (-4,600), and the District of Columbia and Idaho (-4,200 each).
(See tables D and 5.)

Over the year, 31 states had statistically significant changes in employment,
all of which were positive. The largest statistically significant over-the-year
job increase occurred in Texas (+395,200), followed by California (+313,900) and
Florida (+211,200). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for August is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for September
is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


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|	     Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data Corrections	     |
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|  This news release contains corrections to previously released employment  |
|  data in tables D, E, 5, and 6. A complete list of corrections in this     |
|  news release and in the CES (state and area) database can be found at     |
|  www.bls.gov/bls/errata/sae_errata.htm.				     |
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Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., August 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           6.1
                                     |
California ..........................|           7.4
Colorado ............................|           5.1
District of Columbia ................|           7.6
Georgia .............................|           8.1
Hawaii ..............................|           4.3
Idaho ...............................|           4.7
Iowa ................................|           4.5
Kansas ..............................|           4.9
Michigan ............................|           7.4
Minnesota ...........................|           4.3
                                     |
Mississippi .........................|           7.9
Montana .............................|           4.7
Nebraska ............................|           3.6
Nevada ..............................|           7.6
New Hampshire .......................|           4.4
North Dakota ........................|           2.8
Oklahoma ............................|           4.7
Oregon ..............................|           7.2
Rhode Island ........................|           7.7
South Dakota ........................|           3.6
                                     |
Tennessee ...........................|           7.4
Texas ...............................|           5.3
Utah ................................|           3.6
Vermont .............................|           4.1
Virginia ............................|           5.6
Wyoming .............................|           4.6
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from July 2014 to August 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |    July   |   August  |    change(p)
                                |    2014   |  2014(p)  |
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Alaska .........................|     6.5   |     6.8   |       0.3
Colorado .......................|     5.3   |     5.1   |       -.2
Delaware .......................|     6.2   |     6.5   |        .3
District of Columbia ...........|     7.4   |     7.6   |        .2
Georgia ........................|     7.7   |     8.1   |        .4
Kentucky .......................|     7.4   |     7.1   |       -.3
Maryland .......................|     6.1   |     6.4   |        .3
Massachusetts ..................|     5.6   |     5.8   |        .2
Michigan .......................|     7.7   |     7.4   |       -.3
Minnesota ......................|     4.5   |     4.3   |       -.2
                                |           |           |
North Carolina .................|     6.5   |     6.8   |        .3
South Carolina .................|     5.8   |     6.4   |        .6
Vermont ........................|     3.7   |     4.1   |        .4
Virginia .......................|     5.3   |     5.6   |        .3
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from August 2013 to August 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |   August  |   August  |    change(p)
                                |    2013   |  2014(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     7.7   |     6.3   |      -1.4
California .....................|     8.9   |     7.4   |      -1.5
Colorado .......................|     6.8   |     5.1   |      -1.7
Connecticut ....................|     7.8   |     6.6   |      -1.2
Florida ........................|     7.1   |     6.3   |       -.8
Idaho ..........................|     6.2   |     4.7   |      -1.5
Illinois .......................|     9.2   |     6.7   |      -2.5
Indiana ........................|     7.5   |     5.8   |      -1.7
Kentucky .......................|     8.4   |     7.1   |      -1.3
Maine ..........................|     6.7   |     5.6   |      -1.1
                                |           |           |
Massachusetts ..................|     7.2   |     5.8   |      -1.4
Michigan .......................|     9.0   |     7.4   |      -1.6
Minnesota ......................|     5.0   |     4.3   |       -.7
Montana ........................|     5.7   |     4.7   |      -1.0
Nevada .........................|     9.8   |     7.6   |      -2.2
New Hampshire ..................|     5.3   |     4.4   |       -.9
New Jersey .....................|     8.1   |     6.6   |      -1.5
New York .......................|     7.7   |     6.4   |      -1.3
North Carolina .................|     8.0   |     6.8   |      -1.2
Ohio ...........................|     7.5   |     5.7   |      -1.8
                                |           |           |
Pennsylvania ...................|     7.4   |     5.8   |      -1.6
Rhode Island ...................|     9.6   |     7.7   |      -1.9
South Carolina .................|     7.5   |     6.4   |      -1.1
Texas ..........................|     6.4   |     5.3   |      -1.1
Utah ...........................|     4.4   |     3.6   |       -.8
Washington .....................|     7.0   |     5.6   |      -1.4
Wisconsin ......................|     6.7   |     5.6   |      -1.1
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
July 2014 to August 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     July    |     August  | Over-the-month
           State              |     2014    |    2014(p)  |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,918,100 |   1,926,500 |       8,400
California ...................|  15,495,400 |  15,539,600 |      44,200
District of Columbia .........|     754,000 |     749,800 |      -4,200
Florida ......................|   7,795,800 |   7,818,500 |      22,700
Georgia ......................|   4,118,300 |   4,134,100 |      15,800
Idaho ........................|     647,600 |     643,400 |      -4,200
Illinois .....................|   5,823,600 |   5,837,400 |      13,800
Mississippi ..................|   1,121,700 |   1,117,100 |      -4,600
Nebraska .....................|     982,100 |     987,100 |       5,000
New Hampshire ................|     647,700 |     642,900 |      -4,800
New Mexico ...................|     812,700 |     817,300 |       4,600
North Carolina ...............|   4,141,200 |   4,153,700 |      12,500
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   p = preliminary.


Table E.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
August 2013 to August 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |    August   |     August  | Over-the-year
           State              |     2013    |    2014(p)  |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,906,400 |   1,926,500 |      20,100
Arizona ......................|   2,518,300 |   2,569,600 |      51,300
Arkansas .....................|   1,172,800 |   1,190,400 |      17,600
California ...................|  15,225,700 |  15,539,600 |     313,900
Colorado .....................|   2,393,000 |   2,447,400 |      54,400
Delaware .....................|     428,600 |     440,300 |      11,700
Florida ......................|   7,607,300 |   7,818,500 |     211,200
Georgia ......................|   4,045,400 |   4,134,100 |      88,700
Illinois .....................|   5,796,800 |   5,837,400 |      40,600
Indiana ......................|   2,939,500 |   2,997,600 |      58,100
                              |             |             |            
Iowa .........................|   1,535,500 |   1,553,500 |      18,000
Kentucky .....................|   1,841,800 |   1,865,800 |      24,000
Louisiana ....................|   1,953,100 |   1,983,200 |      30,100
Massachusetts ................|   3,360,900 |   3,415,200 |      54,300
Michigan .....................|   4,112,800 |   4,143,300 |      30,500
Minnesota ....................|   2,780,200 |   2,824,800 |      44,600
Missouri .....................|   2,728,900 |   2,778,000 |      49,100
Montana ......................|     449,300 |     458,000 |       8,700
Nevada .......................|   1,179,400 |   1,220,600 |      41,200
New York .....................|   8,933,200 |   9,043,000 |     109,800
                              |             |             |            
North Carolina ...............|   4,054,900 |   4,153,700 |      98,800
North Dakota .................|     447,100 |     466,800 |      19,700
Oklahoma .....................|   1,635,200 |   1,667,100 |      31,900
Oregon .......................|   1,676,900 |   1,721,600 |      44,700
Pennsylvania .................|   5,745,700 |   5,792,700 |      47,000
South Carolina ...............|   1,898,000 |   1,932,100 |      34,100
Tennessee ....................|   2,751,200 |   2,810,200 |      59,000
Texas ........................|  11,228,200 |  11,623,400 |     395,200
Utah .........................|   1,291,700 |   1,337,300 |      45,600
Washington ...................|   2,999,700 |   3,063,900 |      64,200
Wisconsin ....................|   2,820,900 |   2,866,400 |      45,500
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   p = preliminary.



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