Economic News Release

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, January 27, 2015                     USDL-15-0111

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          REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- DECEMBER 2014


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).
 
State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate among the states in December, 7.2
percent. The District of Columbia had a rate of 7.3 percent. North Dakota again
had the lowest jobless rate, 2.8 percent. In total, 19 states had unemployment
rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.6 percent, 10 states and the
District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 21 states had rates that
were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In December, 19 states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment
rate changes, all of which were declines. Delaware had the largest decrease
(-0.6 percentage point), followed by Michigan and North Carolina (-0.4 point
each). The remaining 31 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.
(See table B.)

Thirty states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines over the
year, the largest of which occurred in Illinois (-2.7 percentage points) and
Rhode Island (-2.5 points). The only statistically significant rate increase
occurred in Louisiana (+1.3 percentage points). The remaining 19 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 December 2014, 14 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes
in employment, all of which were increases. The largest significant job gains
occurred in Texas (+45,700), New York (+30,400), and Illinois (+17,100). (See
tables D and 5.)

Over the year, 37 states and the District of Columbia had statistically
significant changes in employment, all of which were positive. The largest
significant over-the-year job increase occurred in Texas (+457,900), followed
by California (+320,300) and Florida (+230,600). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for December 2014
is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).
The Regional and State Unemployment 2014 Annual Averages news release is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The Regional and
State Employment and Unemployment news release for January 2015 is scheduled to be
released on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


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  |          Upcoming Changes to Local Area Unemployment Statistics Data           |
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  |Effective with the release of Regional and State Unemployment 2014 Annual       |
  |Averages on March 4, 2015, the civilian labor force and unemployment data for   |
  |regions, divisions, states, the District of Columbia, and the modeled substate  |
  |areas presented in tables 1-4 of this news release will be replaced with data   |
  |produced using a new generation of time-series models. Data will be re-estimated|
  |back to January 1976 for regions, divisions, states, the District of Columbia,  |
  |the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metropolitan division, New York City, and   |
  |the balances of California and New York states. Data for the five remaining     |
  |modeled substate and balance-of-state areas will be re-estimated back to their  |
  |new series beginnings in 1990 or 1994. Both seasonally adjusted and not         |
  |seasonally adjusted data will be affected. More information is available in     |
  |the "Report on Revision to State and Area Time-Series Models" on the BLS website|
  |at www.bls.gov/lau/lauschanges2015.htm.                                         |
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  |The revisions to model-based data at the state level and below for 2013 and 2014|
  |also will incorporate updated estimation inputs, while the revisions for all    |
  |model-based data from April 2010 forward will reflect new population controls   |
  |from the U.S. Census Bureau.                                                    |
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  |            Upcoming Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data              |
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  |Effective with the release of January 2015 estimates on March 17, 2015, all     |
  |nonfarm payroll employment estimates for states and areas presented in tables 5 |
  |and 6 of this news release will be adjusted to 2014 benchmark levels. Not       |
  |seasonally adjusted data beginning with April 2013 and seasonally adjusted data |
  |beginning with January 2010 are subject to revision. Some seasonally adjusted   |
  |series may be revised back to 1990.                                             |
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Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., December 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)       
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United States (1) ...................|             5.6        
                                     |                        
Arizona .............................|             6.7        
California ..........................|             7.0        
Colorado ............................|             4.0        
Connecticut .........................|             6.4        
District of Columbia ................|             7.3        
Georgia .............................|             6.9        
Hawaii ..............................|             4.0        
Idaho ...............................|             3.7        
Iowa ................................|             4.1        
Kansas ..............................|             4.2        
                                     |                        
Minnesota ...........................|             3.6        
Mississippi .........................|             7.2        
Montana .............................|             4.2        
Nebraska ............................|             2.9        
Nevada ..............................|             6.8        
New Hampshire .......................|             4.0        
North Dakota ........................|             2.8        
Ohio ................................|             4.8        
Oklahoma ............................|             4.2        
Oregon ..............................|             6.7        
                                     |                        
Pennsylvania ........................|             4.8        
Rhode Island ........................|             6.8        
South Carolina ......................|             6.5        
South Dakota ........................|             3.3        
Tennessee ...........................|             6.6        
Texas ...............................|             4.6        
Utah ................................|             3.5        
Vermont .............................|             4.2        
Virginia ............................|             4.8        
Wyoming .............................|             4.2        
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from November 2014 to December 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |                
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month 
             State              |  November |  December |    change(p)   
                                |    2014   |   2014(p) |                
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California .....................|     7.2   |     7.0   |       -0.2     
Delaware .......................|     6.0   |     5.4   |        -.6     
Florida ........................|     5.8   |     5.6   |        -.2     
Georgia ........................|     7.2   |     6.9   |        -.3     
Idaho ..........................|     3.9   |     3.7   |        -.2     
Iowa ...........................|     4.3   |     4.1   |        -.2     
Kentucky .......................|     6.0   |     5.7   |        -.3     
Maine ..........................|     5.7   |     5.5   |        -.2     
Massachusetts ..................|     5.8   |     5.5   |        -.3     
Michigan .......................|     6.7   |     6.3   |        -.4     
                                |           |           |                
Montana ........................|     4.3   |     4.2   |        -.1     
Nebraska .......................|     3.1   |     2.9   |        -.2     
New Mexico .....................|     6.4   |     6.1   |        -.3     
North Carolina .................|     5.9   |     5.5   |        -.4     
Pennsylvania ...................|     5.1   |     4.8   |        -.3     
Rhode Island ...................|     7.1   |     6.8   |        -.3     
Texas ..........................|     4.9   |     4.6   |        -.3     
Virginia .......................|     5.0   |     4.8   |        -.2     
Wyoming ........................|     4.5   |     4.2   |        -.3     
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   p = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from December 2013 to December 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |                
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year 
             State              |  December |  December |    change(p)   
                                |    2013   |   2014(p) |                
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Arkansas .......................|     7.4   |     5.7   |       -1.7     
California .....................|     8.3   |     7.0   |       -1.3     
Colorado .......................|     6.2   |     4.0   |       -2.2     
Connecticut ....................|     7.4   |     6.4   |       -1.0     
Delaware .......................|     6.2   |     5.4   |        -.8     
Florida ........................|     6.3   |     5.6   |        -.7     
Hawaii .........................|     4.7   |     4.0   |        -.7     
Idaho ..........................|     5.6   |     3.7   |       -1.9     
Illinois .......................|     8.9   |     6.2   |       -2.7     
Indiana ........................|     6.8   |     5.8   |       -1.0     
                                |           |           |                
Kansas .........................|     4.9   |     4.2   |        -.7     
Kentucky .......................|     7.9   |     5.7   |       -2.2     
Louisiana ......................|     5.4   |     6.7   |        1.3     
Maine ..........................|     6.4   |     5.5   |        -.9     
Massachusetts ..................|     7.1   |     5.5   |       -1.6     
Michigan .......................|     8.3   |     6.3   |       -2.0     
Minnesota ......................|     4.7   |     3.6   |       -1.1     
Montana ........................|     5.4   |     4.2   |       -1.2     
Nebraska .......................|     3.6   |     2.9   |        -.7     
Nevada .........................|     9.0   |     6.8   |       -2.2     
                                |           |           |                
New Hampshire ..................|     5.2   |     4.0   |       -1.2     
New Jersey .....................|     7.2   |     6.2   |       -1.0     
New York .......................|     7.0   |     5.8   |       -1.2     
North Carolina .................|     6.9   |     5.5   |       -1.4     
Ohio ...........................|     7.1   |     4.8   |       -2.3     
Oklahoma .......................|     5.4   |     4.2   |       -1.2     
Pennsylvania ...................|     6.8   |     4.8   |       -2.0     
Rhode Island ...................|     9.3   |     6.8   |       -2.5     
Tennessee ......................|     7.7   |     6.6   |       -1.1     
Texas ..........................|     6.0   |     4.6   |       -1.4     
Wisconsin ......................|     6.3   |     5.2   |       -1.1     
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   p = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
November 2014 to December 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |   November  |   December  | Over-the-month
           State              |     2014    |    2014(p)  |    change(p)  
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Alaska .......................|     338,400 |     340,900 |       2,500   
Georgia ......................|   4,166,700 |   4,180,800 |      14,100   
Illinois .....................|   5,863,200 |   5,880,300 |      17,100   
Maryland .....................|   2,618,300 |   2,629,300 |      11,000   
Massachusetts ................|   3,436,700 |   3,447,600 |      10,900   
Montana ......................|     454,700 |     457,800 |       3,100   
New Hampshire ................|     649,200 |     652,900 |       3,700   
New York .....................|   9,041,800 |   9,072,200 |      30,400   
North Carolina ...............|   4,203,600 |   4,218,700 |      15,100   
North Dakota .................|     473,800 |     476,200 |       2,400   
                              |             |             |               
Oregon .......................|   1,739,800 |   1,748,000 |       8,200   
Tennessee ....................|   2,828,100 |   2,840,600 |      12,500   
Texas ........................|  11,737,600 |  11,783,300 |      45,700   
Utah .........................|   1,348,600 |   1,353,900 |       5,300   
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   p = preliminary.


Table E. States with statistically significant employment changes from
December 2013 to December 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |   December  |   December  | Over-the-year 
           State              |     2013    |    2014(p)  |    change(p)  
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Alabama ......................|   1,916,600 |   1,948,200 |      31,600   
Arizona ......................|   2,542,300 |   2,605,400 |      63,100   
Arkansas .....................|   1,185,100 |   1,207,700 |      22,600   
California ...................|  15,323,600 |  15,643,900 |     320,300   
Colorado .....................|   2,404,900 |   2,467,200 |      62,300   
Connecticut ..................|   1,663,500 |   1,690,200 |      26,700   
Delaware .....................|     432,800 |     444,400 |      11,600   
District of Columbia .........|     747,400 |     761,900 |      14,500   
Florida ......................|   7,680,600 |   7,911,200 |     230,600   
Georgia ......................|   4,072,500 |   4,180,800 |     108,300   
                              |             |             |               
Hawaii .......................|     623,400 |     632,400 |       9,000   
Idaho ........................|     638,200 |     647,800 |       9,600   
Illinois .....................|   5,828,700 |   5,880,300 |      51,600   
Indiana ......................|   2,965,200 |   3,023,600 |      58,400   
Iowa .........................|   1,544,200 |   1,560,600 |      16,400   
Kentucky .....................|   1,845,900 |   1,878,300 |      32,400   
Louisiana ....................|   1,963,200 |   1,992,200 |      29,000   
Massachusetts ................|   3,386,700 |   3,447,600 |      60,900   
Michigan .....................|   4,126,000 |   4,170,400 |      44,400   
Minnesota ....................|   2,811,700 |   2,844,800 |      33,100   
                              |             |             |               
Missouri .....................|   2,750,300 |   2,795,000 |      44,700   
Montana ......................|     450,600 |     457,800 |       7,200   
Nevada .......................|   1,193,100 |   1,220,400 |      27,300   
New Mexico ...................|     811,000 |     824,300 |      13,300   
New York .....................|   8,966,900 |   9,072,200 |     105,300   
North Carolina ...............|   4,104,200 |   4,218,700 |     114,500   
North Dakota .................|     451,700 |     476,200 |      24,500   
Ohio .........................|   5,268,900 |   5,330,400 |      61,500   
Oklahoma .....................|   1,645,200 |   1,681,900 |      36,700   
Oregon .......................|   1,697,000 |   1,748,000 |      51,000   
                              |             |             |               
Pennsylvania .................|   5,758,100 |   5,812,300 |      54,200   
Rhode Island .................|     471,200 |     478,900 |       7,700   
South Carolina ...............|   1,921,500 |   1,968,000 |      46,500   
Tennessee ....................|   2,774,400 |   2,840,600 |      66,200   
Texas ........................|  11,325,400 |  11,783,300 |     457,900   
Utah .........................|   1,303,600 |   1,353,900 |      50,300   
Washington ...................|   3,011,400 |   3,094,000 |      82,600   
Wisconsin ....................|   2,849,000 |   2,902,300 |      53,300   
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   p = preliminary.



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