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new england and state unemployment – FEBRUARY 2014

The New England unemployment rate declined to 6.4 percent in February the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that New England’s jobless rate also declined from one year ago when it was 7.1 percent. The national jobless rate, 6.7 percent, was little changed from January, but was 1.0 percentage point lower than in February 2013. (See chart 1.)

New England is 1 of 9 geographic divisions nationwide. In February, the Pacific division continued to have the highest jobless rate at 7.6 percent. The West North Central division again registered the lowest unemployment rate, 5.0 percent. New England and the South Atlantic had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate declines (-0.3 and -0.1 percentage point, respectively). New England and seven other divisions had significant rate changes from a year earlier, all of which were declines.

Unemployment rates for the U.S. and New England, February 2011 to February 2014, seasonally adjusted

In February, 3 of the 6 New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different from that of the United States. Vermont (3.7 percent) and New Hampshire (4.7 percent) recorded significantly lower unemployment rates and were among 22 states in the country to do so. In contrast, Rhode Island (9.0 percent) had a jobless rate that was significantly higher than the U.S. average of 6.7 percent. In fact, Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Rhode Island was among six states with unemployment rates measurably higher than the national average. The 22 remaining states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rates not appreciably different from that of the nation.
Three New England states recorded a statistically significant unemployment rate decrease over the month: Massachusetts and Vermont (-0.3 percentage point each) and New Hampshire (-0.2 point). An additional nine states recorded statistically significant jobless rate decreases over the month. The remaining 38 states and the District of Columbia reported unemployment 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.

Over the year, Maine was the only New England state to record a statistically significant unemployment rate change, down 0.8 percentage point. Twenty three additional states and the District of Columbia reported statistically significant unemployment rate changes from February 2013, all of which were declines. The remaining 26 states recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from a year ago.

Technical Note

This release presents labor force and unemployment data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. Estimates for the U.S. are obtained directly from the CPS, which is a sample survey of approximately 60,000 households nationwide that is conducted for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by the Census Bureau. The LAUS program produces data for the nine geographic divisions in the United States: New England, Middle Atlantic, South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central, East North Central, West North Central, Mountain, and Pacific. Data for all divisions, as well as the 50 states, are available in the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment release www.bls.gov/lau/home.htm#news issued monthly by BLS, while national statistics are highlighted in the Employment Situation www.bls.gov/cps/home.htm#news.

Labor force and unemployment data for prior years reflect adjustments made at the end of each year. The adjusted estimates reflect updated population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, any revisions in the other data sources, and model re-estimation. In most years, historical data for the most recent five years (both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted) are revised near the beginning of each calendar year, prior to or coincident with the release of January estimates.

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Table 1. Labor force status for the U.S., New England, and New England states, seasonally adjusted
Area Feb
2013
Mar
2013
Apr
2013
May
2013
June
2013
July
2013
Aug
2013
Sept
2013
Oct
2013
Nov
2013
Dec
2013
Jan
2014
Feb
2014

Connecticut

Civilian labor force

1,870.5 1,868.1 1,866.3 1,864.5 1,862.3 1,859.7 1,856.8 1,853.7 1,850.6 1,847.9 1,845.8 1,852.2 (P) 1,858.0

Employed

1,722.7 1,721.6 1,720.5 1,718.6 1,716.0 1,713.3 1,711.3 1,710.1 1,709.5 1,709.2 1,709.4 1,719.3 (P) 1,727.8

Unemployed

147.7 146.5 145.8 145.9 146.3 146.4 145.5 143.5 141.1 138.7 136.4 132.9 (P) 130.2

Unemployment rate

7.9 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.9 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.4 7.2 (P) 7.0

Maine

Civilian labor force

708.3 708.7 709.2 709.5 709.7 709.8 709.6 709.2 708.9 708.6 708.4 709.8 (P) 711.5

Employed

659.3 660.3 661.2 661.9 662.2 662.3 662.4 662.6 662.8 663.0 663.3 665.6 (P) 668.4

Unemployed

49.0 48.4 47.9 47.6 47.5 47.4 47.2 46.7 46.1 45.6 45.1 44.1 (P) 43.1

Unemployment rate

6.9 6.8 6.8 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.4 6.2 (P) 6.1

Massachusetts

Civilian labor force

3,480.3 3,482.3 3,484.8 3,486.6 3,487.3 3,487.0 3,486.0 3,484.8 3,484.0 3,483.3 3,483.1 3,485.5 (P) 3,494.4

Employed

3,240.8 3,241.5 3,242.1 3,241.1 3,238.6 3,235.7 3,234.0 3,233.6 3,234.2 3,235.2 3,236.8 3,248.3 (P) 3,266.5

Unemployed

239.6 240.8 242.8 245.5 248.7 251.3 252.1 251.2 249.8 248.1 246.3 237.2 (P) 227.9

Unemployment rate

6.9 6.9 7.0 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.1 6.8 (P) 6.5

New Hampshire

Civilian labor force

743.7 743.3 742.9 742.4 741.9 741.4 741.2 741.0 741.0 741.0 741.1 742.8 (P) 744.6

Employed

703.6 703.8 703.9 703.7 703.1 702.5 702.2 702.1 702.3 702.6 703.0 706.2 (P) 709.4

Unemployed

40.1 39.5 39.0 38.8 38.8 38.9 39.0 38.9 38.7 38.5 38.2 36.6 (P) 35.2

Unemployment rate

5.4 5.3 5.3 5.2 5.2 5.3 5.3 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2 4.9 (P) 4.7

Rhode Island

Civilian labor force

559.5 559.0 558.5 557.7 556.7 555.6 554.4 553.2 552.0 551.0 550.1 550.3 (P) 552.9

Employed

506.2 506.0 505.6 504.8 503.6 502.3 501.3 500.5 499.9 499.4 499.1 499.7 (P) 503.3

Unemployed

53.3 53.0 52.8 52.9 53.1 53.3 53.1 52.7 52.1 51.6 51.1 50.5 (P) 49.7

Unemployment rate

9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.6 9.6 9.5 9.4 9.4 9.3 9.2 (P) 9.0

Vermont

Civilian labor force

352.4 352.2 352.0 351.8 351.5 351.2 350.9 350.6 350.4 350.3 350.2 350.5 (P) 350.9

Employed

337.3 337.3 337.1 336.7 336.0 335.4 335.0 334.9 335.0 335.1 335.4 336.6 (P) 337.9

Unemployed

15.1 14.9 14.9 15.2 15.5 15.8 15.9 15.7 15.5 15.2 14.8 13.9 (P) 12.9

Unemployment rate

4.3 4.2 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.0 (P) 3.7

New England

Civilian labor force

7,719.0 7,717.2 7,715.7 7,712.4 7,707.0 7,700.8 7,694.6 7,689.0 7,684.8 7,681.5 7,680.3 7,694.0 7,716.8

Employed

7,174.4 7,173.8 7,171.7 7,165.6 7,156.3 7,147.0 7,141.6 7,140.3 7,142.0 7,145.0 7,149.8 7,182.0 7,220.8

Unemployed

544.5 543.4 543.9 546.7 550.8 553.8 553.1 548.7 542.8 536.5 530.5 512.0 496.0

Unemployment rate

7.1 7.0 7.0 7.1 7.1 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.1 7.0 6.9 6.7 6.4

United States (1)

Civilian labor force

155,511 155,099 155,359 155,609 155,822 155,693 155,435 155,473 154,625 155,284 154,937 (2) 155,460 155,724

Employed

143,464 143,393 143,676 143,919 144,075 144,285 144,179 144,270 143,485 144,443 144,586 (2) 145,224 145,266

Unemployed

12,047 11,706 11,683 11,690 11,747 11,408 11,256 11,203 11,140 10,841 10,351 10,236 10,459

Unemployment rate

7.7 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.0 6.7 6.6 6.7

Footnotes
(1) Data for the U.S. are obtained directly from the national Current Population Survey (CPS) and are not preliminary. Seasonally adjusted CPS data have been revised as a result of routine seasonal updates processed at the end of each calendar year.
(2) Data affected by changes in population controls.
(P) Preliminary

NOTE: Data refer to place of residence. Area definitions are based on Office of Management and Budget Bulletin No. 10-02, dated December 1, 2009, and are available at www.bls.gov/lau.lausmsa.htm. Estimates for the latest month are subject to revision the following month.
NOTE: Data in this series reflect revised population controls, model reestimation, and new seasonal factors from January 2009 through December 2013.


Table 2. Civilian labor force and unemployment by census region and division, seasonally adjusted(1)
Census region and division Civilian labor force Unemployed
Feb
2013
Dec
2013
Jan
2014
Feb
2014
Number Percent of the labor force
Feb
2013
Dec
2013
Jan
2014
Feb
2014
Feb
2013
Dec
2013
Jan
2014
Feb
2014

Northeast

28,431.8 28,189.1 28,176.1 28,221.9 2,217.8 1,956.8 1,888.5 1,860.8 7.8 6.9 6.7 6.6

New England

7,719.0 7,680.3 7,694.0 7,716.8 544.5 530.5 512.0 496.0 7.1 6.9 6.7 6.4

Middle Atlantic

20,712.8 20,508.9 20,482.0 20,505.1 1,673.3 1,426.3 1,376.5 1,364.8 8.1 7.0 6.7 6.7

South

56,774.0 56,497.6 56,580.7 56,735.6 4,145.9 3,623.5 3,502.1 3,441.1 7.3 6.4 6.2 6.1

South Atlantic

30,130.1 29,931.0 29,994.3 30,081.9 2,303.7 1,919.0 1,867.6 1,829.0 7.6 6.4 6.2 6.1

East South Central

8,637.0 8,453.9 8,466.5 8,490.2 687.2 626.2 602.5 601.7 8.0 7.4 7.1 7.1

West South Central

18,006.9 18,112.7 18,119.9 18,163.6 1,155.1 1,078.3 1,031.9 1,010.4 6.4 6.0 5.7 5.6

Midwest

34,316.3 34,261.0 34,322.1 34,407.0 2,500.5 2,313.6 2,251.6 2,236.6 7.3 6.8 6.6 6.5

East North Central

23,294.4 23,246.8 23,276.8 23,325.3 1,905.9 1,787.8 1,720.1 1,685.8 8.2 7.7 7.4 7.2

West North Central

11,021.9 11,014.2 11,045.3 11,081.8 594.6 525.8 531.5 550.8 5.4 4.8 4.8 5.0

West

36,122.8 35,996.7 36,061.9 36,157.6 3,013.2 2,681.2 2,628.7 2,611.7 8.3 7.4 7.3 7.2

Mountain

11,087.9 11,069.7 11,099.2 11,141.2 807.4 725.9 714.5 707.3 7.3 6.6 6.4 6.3

Pacific

25,034.9 24,927.0 24,962.7 25,016.4 2,205.9 1,955.4 1,914.2 1,904.4 8.8 7.8 7.7 7.6

Footnotes
(1) Reflects revised population controls, model reestimation, and new seasonal adjustment.

NOTE: Data refer to place of residence. Regions are defined as the four Census regions, comprised as follows: Northeast Region includes the New England Division - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; and the Middle Atlantic Division - New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. South Rgion includes the South Atlantic Division - Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia; East South Central Division - Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee; and West South Central Division - Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Midwest Region includes the East North Central - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin; and the West North Central Division - Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. West Region includes the Moutain Division - Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Estimates for the current year are subject to revision early in the following calendar year.
NOTE: Data in this series reflect revised population controls, model reestimation, and new seasonal factors from January 2009 through December 2013.

Last Modified Date: April 14, 2014

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