Economic News Release

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, July 18, 2014                 USDL-14-1311

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         REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2014


Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in June. 
Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases 
from May, 14 states had increases, and 14 states 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 an increase. 
The national jobless rate declined to 6.1 percent from May and was 1.4 percentage 
points lower than in June 2013.

In June 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states and the District 
of Columbia and decreased in 17 states. The largest over-the-month increases in 
employment occurred in Florida (+37,400), California (+24,200), and New York 
(+22,500). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Georgia 
(-9,500), followed by West Virginia (-9,100) and Alaska (-5,900). The largest 
over-the-month percentage increases in employment occurred in the District of 
Columbia, Indiana, North Dakota, and Oklahoma (+0.6 percent each). The largest 
over-the-month percentage decline in employment occurred in Alaska (-1.7 percent), 
followed by West Virginia (-1.2 percent), and New Hampshire and New Mexico (-0.6 
percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 47 states and the 
District of Columbia and decreased in 3 states. The largest over-the-year 
percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+4.8 percent), followed by Nevada 
(+3.9 percent) and Utah (+3.5 percent). The over-the-year percentage decreases in 
employment occurred in Alaska (-0.7 percent), Vermont (-0.1 percent), and New 
Mexico (which declined by less than 0.05 percent).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In June, the West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate, 6.7 
percent, while the Midwest had the lowest rate, 5.9 percent. The West and 
Northeast had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate changes 
(-0.2 percentage point and -0.1 point, respectively). Significant over-the-year rate 
decreases occurred in all four regions: the Northeast (-1.5 percentage points), 
Midwest and West (-1.4 points each), and South (-1.2 points). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the East South Central and Pacific had the 
highest jobless rates, 7.0 percent each in June. The West North Central again 
had the lowest rate, 4.9 percent. Over the month, the Pacific and New England 
had statistically significant unemployment rate changes (-0.3 percentage point 
and -0.2 point, respectively). All nine divisions had significant rate declines 
from a year earlier, the largest of which occurred in the East North Central 
(-1.8 percentage points) and Middle Atlantic and Pacific (-1.5 points each).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Mississippi and Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rates among the states 
in June, 7.9 percent each. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.7 
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 June, six states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment 
rate declines: Illinois (-0.4 percentage point); Colorado, Rhode Island, and 
Washington (-0.3 point each); and California and New Jersey (-0.2 point each). 
Vermont had the only significant over-the-month rate increase (+0.2 percentage 
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.

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant 
jobless rate changes over the year, all of which were decreases. The largest 
of these occurred in South Carolina (-2.5 percentage points), Nevada (-2.3 
points), and Illinois (-2.1 points). The remaining 16 states had rates that 
were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier. (See table B.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In June 2014, 15 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes 
in employment, 11 of which were increases. The largest statistically significant 
job gains occurred in Florida (+37,400), California (+24,200), and New York 
(+22,500). The four statistically significant job decreases occurred in West 
Virginia (-9,100), Alaska (-5,900), New Mexico (-4,700), and New Hampshire 
(-3,900). (See tables C and 5.)

Over the year, 30 states had statistically significant changes in employment, 
all of which were positive. The largest over-the-year job increase occurred in 
Texas (+371,000), followed by California (+356,400) and Florida (+237,500). 
(See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for June is 
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). 
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is 
scheduled to be released on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


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  | sample design. More information about the quarterly sample        |
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Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., June 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           6.1
                                     |
California ..........................|           7.4
District of Columbia ................|           7.4
Georgia .............................|           7.4
Hawaii ..............................|           4.4
Idaho ...............................|           4.7
Illinois ............................|           7.1
Iowa ................................|           4.4
Kansas ..............................|           4.9
Kentucky ............................|           7.4
Louisiana ...........................|           5.0
                                     |
Michigan ............................|           7.5
Minnesota ...........................|           4.5
Mississippi .........................|           7.9
Montana .............................|           4.5
Nebraska ............................|           3.5
Nevada ..............................|           7.7
New Hampshire .......................|           4.4
North Dakota ........................|           2.7
Oklahoma ............................|           4.5
Rhode Island ........................|           7.9
                                     |
South Dakota ........................|           3.8
Texas ...............................|           5.1
Utah ................................|           3.5
Vermont .............................|           3.5
Virginia ............................|           5.3
Wyoming .............................|           4.0
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  1 Data are not preliminary.
  p = preliminary.



Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from June 2013 to June 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------------------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    June   |   June    |    change(p)
                                |    2013   |  2014(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     7.6   |     6.2   |      -1.4
California .....................|     9.0   |     7.4   |      -1.6
Colorado .......................|     6.9   |     5.5   |      -1.4
Connecticut ....................|     7.9   |     6.7   |      -1.2
Delaware .......................|     6.9   |     6.1   |       -.8
District of Columbia ...........|     8.5   |     7.4   |      -1.1
Florida ........................|     7.4   |     6.2   |      -1.2
Georgia ........................|     8.4   |     7.4   |      -1.0
Idaho ..........................|     6.3   |     4.7   |      -1.6
Illinois .......................|     9.2   |     7.1   |      -2.1
                                |           |           |
Indiana ........................|     7.6   |     5.9   |      -1.7
Kansas .........................|     5.6   |     4.9   |       -.7
Louisiana ......................|     6.4   |     5.0   |      -1.4
Maine ..........................|     6.7   |     5.5   |      -1.2
Maryland .......................|     6.7   |     5.8   |       -.9
Massachusetts ..................|     7.1   |     5.5   |      -1.6
Michigan .......................|     8.9   |     7.5   |      -1.4
Montana ........................|     5.7   |     4.5   |      -1.2
Nevada .........................|    10.0   |     7.7   |      -2.3
New Hampshire ..................|     5.2   |     4.4   |       -.8
                                |           |           |
New Jersey .....................|     8.4   |     6.6   |      -1.8
New York .......................|     7.8   |     6.6   |      -1.2
North Carolina .................|     8.3   |     6.4   |      -1.9
Ohio ...........................|     7.4   |     5.5   |      -1.9
Oklahoma .......................|     5.5   |     4.5   |      -1.0
Oregon .........................|     7.8   |     6.8   |      -1.0
Pennsylvania ...................|     7.5   |     5.6   |      -1.9
Rhode Island ...................|     9.5   |     7.9   |      -1.6
South Carolina .................|     7.8   |     5.3   |      -2.5
Tennessee ......................|     8.4   |     6.6   |      -1.8
                                |           |           |
Texas ..........................|     6.4   |     5.1   |      -1.3
Utah ...........................|     4.6   |     3.5   |      -1.1
Vermont ........................|     4.4   |     3.5   |       -.9
Washington .....................|     7.0   |     5.8   |      -1.2
Wisconsin ......................|     6.8   |     5.7   |      -1.1
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  p = preliminary.



Table C. States with statistically significant employment changes from
May 2014 to June 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     May     |     June    | Over-the-month
           State              |    2014     |    2014(p)  |    change(p)
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Alaska .......................|     339,500 |     333,600 |      -5,900
Arizona ......................|   2,540,400 |   2,554,000 |      13,600
California ...................|  15,448,600 |  15,472,800 |      24,200
District of Columbia .........|     749,700 |     753,900 |       4,200
Florida ......................|   7,762,600 |   7,800,000 |      37,400
Indiana ......................|   2,976,100 |   2,993,500 |      17,400
Michigan .....................|   4,122,200 |   4,140,600 |      18,400
New Hampshire ................|     649,300 |     645,400 |      -3,900
New Mexico ...................|     812,600 |     807,900 |      -4,700
New York .....................|   9,007,500 |   9,030,000 |      22,500
                              |             |             |            
North Dakota .................|     461,800 |     464,500 |       2,700
Oklahoma .....................|   1,656,200 |   1,665,800 |       9,600
Utah .........................|   1,326,100 |   1,331,900 |       5,800
Washington ...................|   3,041,200 |   3,050,300 |       9,100
West Virginia ................|     783,200 |     774,100 |      -9,100
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  p = preliminary.



Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
June 2013 to June 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |    June     |     June    |  Over-the-year
           State              |    2013     |    2014(p)  |    change(p)
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Arizona ......................|   2,512,300 |   2,554,000 |      41,700
Arkansas .....................|   1,172,700 |   1,186,800 |      14,100
California ...................|  15,116,400 |  15,472,800 |     356,400
Colorado .....................|   2,380,500 |   2,446,800 |      66,300
Delaware .....................|     426,100 |     437,800 |      11,700
Florida ......................|   7,562,500 |   7,800,000 |     237,500
Georgia ......................|   4,027,200 |   4,095,900 |      68,700
Indiana ......................|   2,928,400 |   2,993,500 |      65,100
Iowa .........................|   1,527,500 |   1,549,600 |      22,100
Kansas .......................|   1,366,300 |   1,384,700 |      18,400
                              |             |             |            
Massachusetts ................|   3,360,600 |   3,409,500 |      48,900
Michigan .....................|   4,106,700 |   4,140,600 |      33,900
Minnesota ....................|   2,776,600 |   2,822,400 |      45,800
Missouri .....................|   2,724,600 |   2,768,800 |      44,200
Montana ......................|     448,300 |     454,700 |       6,400
Nevada .......................|   1,174,200 |   1,220,400 |      46,200
New York .....................|   8,915,000 |   9,030,000 |     115,000
North Carolina ...............|   4,044,700 |   4,119,500 |      74,800
North Dakota .................|     443,100 |     464,500 |      21,400
Ohio .........................|   5,255,200 |   5,305,400 |      50,200
                              |             |             |            
Oklahoma .....................|   1,631,900 |   1,665,800 |      33,900
Oregon .......................|   1,670,700 |   1,716,100 |      45,400
Pennsylvania .................|   5,733,000 |   5,789,700 |      56,700
South Carolina ...............|   1,890,600 |   1,933,100 |      42,500
Tennessee ....................|   2,745,600 |   2,799,200 |      53,600
Texas ........................|  11,179,000 |  11,550,000 |     371,000
Utah .........................|   1,287,100 |   1,331,900 |      44,800
Washington ...................|   2,984,800 |   3,050,300 |      65,500
West Virginia ................|     763,000 |     774,100 |      11,100
Wisconsin ....................|   2,814,200 |   2,859,600 |      45,400
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