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new england and state unemployment – JUNE 2014

The New England unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in June the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that New England’s jobless rate declined from a year ago when it was 7.1 percent. The national jobless rate declined to 6.1 percent from May and was 1.4 percentage points lower than in June 2013. (See chart 1.)

New England is 1 of 9 geographic divisions nationwide. In June, the East South Central and Pacific divisions had the highest jobless rates at 7.0 percent each. The West North Central division again had the lowest unemployment rate, 4.9 percent. All nine divisions had statistically significant rate declines from a year earlier.

Unemployment rates for the United States and New England, June 2011 to June 2014, seasonally adjusted

In June, 3 of the 6 New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different from that of the United States. Vermont (3.5 percent) and New Hampshire (4.4 percent) recorded significantly lower unemployment rates and were among 17 states in the country to do so. In contrast, Rhode Island was among the eight states and the District of Columbia with unemployment rates measurably higher than the national average. In fact, Rhode Island, at 7.9 percent, was tied with Mississippi for the highest unemployment rate in the nation. The 25 remaining states registered unemployment rates not appreciably different from that of the nation.

Rhode Island (-0.3 percentage point) was the only New England state to post a statistically significant unemployment rate decrease over the month. Nationwide, five other states posted significant rate declines from May. Vermont was the only state nationwide to have a significant over-the-month rate increase (+0.2 percentage point). The remaining 43 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, all six New England states recorded statistically significant unemployment rate decreases. Massachusetts and Rhode Island (-1.6 percentage points each) had the largest unemployment rate declines and New Hampshire (-0.8 point) had the smallest decline. Across the country, 28 additional states and the District of Columbia reported statistically significant unemployment rate declines from June 2013. The remaining 16 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 and the District of Columbia, 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.

Model-based error measures for seasonally adjusted data and for over-the-month and over-the-year changes are available online at www.bls.gov/lau/lastderr.htm. BLS uses a 90-percent confidence level in determining whether changes in LAUS unemployment rates are statistically significant. The average magnitude of the current year over-the-month change in a state unemployment rate that is required for statistical significance at the 90-percent confidence level is just over 0.2 percentage point; the average amount of the current over-the-year change in a state rate for significance is about 0.9 point. More details can be found on the website. Measures of nonsampling error are not available.

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Table 1. Labor force status for the United States., New England, and New England states, seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area June
2013
July
2013
Aug
2013
Sept
2013
Oct
2013
Nov
2013
Dec
2013
Jan
2014
Feb
2014
Mar
2014
Apr
2014
May
2014
June
2014

United States (1)

Civilian labor force

155,822 155,693 155,435 155,473 154,625 155,284 154,937 (2) 155,460 155,724 156,227 155,421 155,613 155,694

Employed

144,075 144,285 144,179 144,270 143,485 144,443 144,586 (2) 145,224 145,266 145,742 145,669 145,814 146,221

Unemployed

11,747 11,408 11,256 11,203 11,140 10,841 10,351 10,236 10,459 10,486 9,753 9,799 9,474

Unemployment rate

7.5 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.0 6.7 6.6 6.7 6.7 6.3 6.3 6.1

New England

Civilian labor force

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 7,741.2 7,743.4 7,749.6 7,744.3

Employed

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 7,254.0 7,273.6 7,290.7 7,300.8

Unemployed

550.8 553.8 553.1 548.7 542.8 536.5 530.5 512.0 496.0 487.2 469.8 458.9 443.5

Unemployment rate

7.1 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.1 7.0 6.9 6.7 6.4 6.3 6.1 5.9 5.7

Connecticut

Civilian labor force

1,862.3 1,859.7 1,856.8 1,853.7 1,850.6 1,847.9 1,845.8 1,852.2 1,857.9 1,864.8 1,868.6 1,877.6 (P) 1,878.4

Employed

1,716.0 1,713.3 1,711.3 1,710.1 1,709.5 1,709.2 1,709.4 1,719.3 1,727.7 1,734.3 1,740.1 1,747.9 (P) 1,753.0

Unemployed

146.3 146.4 145.5 143.5 141.1 138.7 136.4 132.9 130.2 130.5 128.5 129.7 (P) 125.4

Unemployment rate

7.9 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.4 7.2 7.0 7.0 6.9 6.9 (P) 6.7

Maine

Civilian labor force

709.7 709.8 709.6 709.2 708.9 708.6 708.4 709.8 711.5 713.5 712.7 710.9 (P) 709.2

Employed

662.2 662.3 662.4 662.6 662.8 663.0 663.3 665.6 668.4 671.7 672.2 670.3 (P) 669.9

Unemployed

47.5 47.4 47.2 46.7 46.1 45.6 45.1 44.1 43.0 41.8 40.5 40.6 (P) 39.3

Unemployment rate

6.7 6.7 6.7 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.4 6.2 6.1 5.9 5.7 5.7 (P) 5.5

Massachusetts

Civilian labor force

3,487.3 3,487.0 3,486.0 3,484.8 3,484.0 3,483.3 3,483.1 3,485.5 3,494.7 3,506.9 3,505.6 3,502.0 (P) 3,501.5

Employed

3,238.6 3,235.7 3,234.0 3,233.6 3,234.2 3,235.2 3,236.8 3,248.3 3,266.6 3,285.9 3,295.7 3,304.5 (P) 3,310.5

Unemployed

248.7 251.3 252.1 251.2 249.8 248.1 246.3 237.2 228.1 221.0 210.0 197.5 (P) 191.0

Unemployment rate

7.1 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.1 6.8 6.5 6.3 6.0 5.6 (P) 5.5

New Hampshire

Civilian labor force

741.9 741.4 741.2 741.0 741.0 741.0 741.1 742.8 744.6 746.3 747.3 747.4 (P) 745.8

Employed

703.1 702.5 702.2 702.1 702.3 702.6 703.0 706.2 709.4 712.4 714.6 714.6 (P) 713.4

Unemployed

38.8 38.9 39.0 38.9 38.7 38.5 38.2 36.6 35.2 33.9 32.7 32.8 (P) 32.4

Unemployment rate

5.2 5.3 5.3 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2 4.9 4.7 4.5 4.4 4.4 (P) 4.4

Rhode Island

Civilian labor force

556.7 555.6 554.4 553.2 552.0 551.0 550.1 550.3 552.9 554.4 555.8 557.8 (P) 559.6

Employed

503.6 502.3 501.3 500.5 499.9 499.4 499.1 499.7 503.3 505.9 509.5 512.2 (P) 515.4

Unemployed

53.1 53.3 53.1 52.7 52.1 51.6 51.1 50.5 49.6 48.5 46.2 45.6 (P) 44.2

Unemployment rate

9.5 9.6 9.6 9.5 9.4 9.4 9.3 9.2 9.0 8.7 8.3 8.2 (P) 7.9

Vermont

Civilian labor force

351.5 351.2 350.9 350.6 350.4 350.3 350.2 350.5 350.9 351.1 351.0 351.1 (P) 351.3

Employed

336.0 335.4 335.0 334.9 335.0 335.1 335.4 336.6 337.9 339.0 339.5 339.6 (P) 338.9

Unemployed

15.5 15.8 15.9 15.7 15.5 15.2 14.8 13.9 12.9 12.1 11.5 11.5 (P) 12.4

Unemployment rate

4.4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.0 3.7 3.4 3.3 3.3 (P) 3.5

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


Table 2. Civilian labor force and unemployment by census region and division, seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Census region and division Civilian labor force Unemployed
June
2013
Apr
2014
May
2014
June
2014
Number Percent of the labor force
June
2013
Apr
2014
May
2014
June
2014
June
2013
Apr
2014
May
2014
June
2014

Northeast

28,370.1 28,288.9 28,289.8 28,257.6 2,168.4 1,781.3 1,764.6 1,727.5 7.6 6.3 6.2 6.1

New England

7,707.0 7,743.4 7,749.6 7,744.3 550.8 469.8 458.9 443.5 7.1 6.1 5.9 5.7

Middle Atlantic

20,663.0 20,545.5 20,540.3 20,513.3 1,617.6 1,311.5 1,305.7 1,284.0 7.8 6.4 6.4 6.3

South

56,736.5 57,016.4 57,097.3 57,013.4 4,061.7 3,363.8 3,410.9 3,402.1 7.2 5.9 6.0 6.0

South Atlantic

30,088.7 30,269.1 30,341.9 30,319.2 2,220.0 1,823.2 1,872.4 1,878.4 7.4 6.0 6.2 6.2

East South Central

8,580.4 8,525.0 8,526.9 8,500.2 682.8 596.0 598.1 599.1 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0

West South Central

18,067.4 18,222.4 18,228.5 18,194.0 1,158.9 944.7 940.4 924.6 6.4 5.2 5.2 5.1

Midwest

34,326.8 34,467.0 34,459.5 34,417.1 2,503.0 2,109.0 2,078.4 2,045.5 7.3 6.1 6.0 5.9

East North Central

23,295.9 23,342.7 23,330.2 23,299.6 1,912.4 1,553.1 1,526.6 1,499.8 8.2 6.7 6.5 6.4

West North Central

11,030.9 11,124.2 11,129.3 11,117.5 590.7 555.9 551.7 545.7 5.4 5.0 5.0 4.9

West

36,098.5 36,307.3 36,320.0 36,255.9 2,919.1 2,535.7 2,489.6 2,419.5 8.1 7.0 6.9 6.7

Mountain

11,084.6 11,217.5 11,217.9 11,203.8 790.4 682.1 665.9 653.8 7.1 6.1 5.9 5.8

Pacific

25,013.8 25,089.8 25,102.1 25,052.1 2,128.7 1,853.6 1,823.8 1,765.6 8.5 7.4 7.3 7.0

Note: Census region estimates are derived by summing the Census division model-based estimates. 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.

Last Modified Date: August 4, 2014

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