Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, July 22, 2016                           USDL-16-1494

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               REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2016


Unemployment rates were significantly higher in June in 6 states, lower in 1 state, and
stable in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Sixteen states and the District had notable unemployment rate decreases
from a year earlier, 2 states had increases, and 32 states had no significant change.
The national jobless rate rose by 0.2 percentage point from May to 4.9 percent but was
0.4 point lower than in June 2015.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 18 states in June 2016, decreased in 3 states
and the District of Columbia, and was essentially unchanged in 29 states. Over the year,
35 states added appreciable numbers of nonfarm payroll jobs, 2 states lost jobs, and
13 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Regional Unemployment

In June, no region had an unemployment rate significantly different from the U.S.
rate of 4.9 percent. Over the month, the West had the only statistically significant
unemployment rate change (+0.1 percentage point). Significant over-the-year rate
decreases occurred in three regions: the South and West (-0.6 percentage point each)
and Northeast (-0.5 point). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest unemployment
rate, 3.8 percent in June, followed by New England, 4.4 percent. The Pacific had the
highest rate, 5.3 percent. Over the month, the Mountain had the only statistically
significant jobless rate change (+0.2 percentage point). Five of the 9 divisions had
significant rate changes from a year earlier, all of which were declines. The largest
of these decreases occurred in the East South Central, Pacific, and South Atlantic
(-0.8 percentage point each).

State Unemployment

South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in June, 2.7 percent and
2.8 percent, respectively. Alaska had the highest unemployment rate, 6.7 percent. In
total, 21 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of
4.9 percent, 14 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 15 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 unemployment rate increases: Colorado
(+0.4 percentage point); Nevada and Oregon (+0.3 point each); and California, Maine, and
South Dakota (+0.2 point each). The only notable rate decrease occurred in North Carolina
(-0.2 percentage point). The remaining 43 states and the District of Columbia had jobless
rates that were not significantly different from those of a month earlier, though some
had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment
rate decreases from June 2015. The largest declines were in Tennessee (-1.6 percentage
points) and Arkansas (-1.5 points). The only significant over-the-year rate increases
occurred in Wyoming (+1.5 percentage points) and North Dakota (+0.4 point). (See
table B.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Eighteen states had statistically significant over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll
employment and three states and the District of Columbia had significant decreases in
June 2016. The largest job gains occurred in California (+40,300), New York (+26,200),
and New Jersey (+20,300). In percentage terms, the largest increase was in Delaware
(+0.9 percent), followed by Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, and New Hampshire (+0.6 percent each).
The only significant decreases in employment over the month occurred in West Virginia
(-6,000), the District (-5,500), Mississippi (-4,800), and Wyoming (-2,000). The over-
the-month percentage declines were in West Virginia (-0.8 percent), the District and
Wyoming (-0.7 percent each), and Mississippi (-0.4 percent). (See tables C and 5.)

Thirty-seven states had statistically significant over-the-year changes in nonfarm
payroll employment in June, 35 of which were increases. The largest job gains occurred
in California (+461,100), Florida (+244,500), and Texas (+171,100). The largest
percentage gains were in Oregon and Utah (+3.2 percent each), followed by Delaware
(+3.1 percent). Two states had significant over-the-year declines in employment: North
Dakota (-15,000, or -3.3 percent) and Wyoming (-8,900, or -3.1 percent). (See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for June is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Regional and
State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be released on
Friday, August 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., June 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           4.9
                                     |
Alabama .............................|           6.0
Alaska ..............................|           6.7
Arizona .............................|           5.8
Arkansas ............................|           3.8
California ..........................|           5.4
Colorado ............................|           3.7
Connecticut .........................|           5.8
Delaware ............................|           4.2
District of Columbia ................|           6.0
Hawaii ..............................|           3.3
                                     |
Idaho ...............................|           3.7
Illinois ............................|           6.2
Iowa ................................|           4.0
Kansas ..............................|           3.8
Louisiana ...........................|           6.2
Maine ...............................|           3.7
Maryland ............................|           4.3
Massachusetts .......................|           4.2
Minnesota ...........................|           3.8
Mississippi .........................|           5.9
                                     |
Montana .............................|           4.2
Nebraska ............................|           3.0
Nevada ..............................|           6.4
New Hampshire .......................|           2.8
New Mexico ..........................|           6.2
North Dakota ........................|           3.2
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.6
South Dakota ........................|           2.7
Tennessee ...........................|           4.1
Utah ................................|           4.0
                                     |
Vermont .............................|           3.2
Virginia ............................|           3.7
Washington ..........................|           5.8
West Virginia .......................|           6.0
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.2
Wyoming .............................|           5.7
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from June 2015 to June 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    June   |   June    |    change(p)
                                |    2015   |  2016(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     5.3   |     3.8   |      -1.5
California .....................|     6.2   |     5.4   |       -.8
Delaware .......................|     4.9   |     4.2   |       -.7
District of Columbia ...........|     6.9   |     6.0   |       -.9
Florida ........................|     5.3   |     4.7   |       -.6
Georgia ........................|     5.8   |     5.1   |       -.7
Maine ..........................|     4.4   |     3.7   |       -.7
Maryland .......................|     5.1   |     4.3   |       -.8
New Hampshire ..................|     3.5   |     2.8   |       -.7
New York .......................|     5.2   |     4.7   |       -.5
                                |           |           |
North Carolina .................|     5.8   |     4.9   |       -.9
North Dakota ...................|     2.8   |     3.2   |        .4
Oregon .........................|     5.8   |     4.8   |      -1.0
South Dakota ...................|     3.2   |     2.7   |       -.5
Tennessee ......................|     5.7   |     4.1   |      -1.6
Vermont ........................|     3.7   |     3.2   |       -.5
Virginia .......................|     4.4   |     3.7   |       -.7
West Virginia ..................|     7.1   |     6.0   |      -1.1
Wyoming ........................|     4.2   |     5.7   |       1.5
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant employment changes from May 2016 to
June 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
            State             |     May     |     June    |---------------------------
                              |     2016    |    2016(p)  |    Level    |   Percent
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Arizona ......................|   2,690,400 |   2,701,100 |      10,700 |      0.4
California ...................|  16,419,400 |  16,459,700 |      40,300 |       .2
Connecticut ..................|   1,685,500 |   1,693,400 |       7,900 |       .5
Delaware .....................|     457,900 |     462,000 |       4,100 |       .9
District of Columbia .........|     781,200 |     775,700 |      -5,500 |      -.7
Georgia ......................|   4,376,200 |   4,387,600 |      11,400 |       .3
Hawaii .......................|     647,300 |     650,900 |       3,600 |       .6
Kansas .......................|   1,398,600 |   1,403,400 |       4,800 |       .3
Maine ........................|     611,700 |     615,100 |       3,400 |       .6
Maryland .....................|   2,704,700 |   2,714,500 |       9,800 |       .4
                              |             |             |             |       
Massachusetts ................|   3,547,100 |   3,563,500 |      16,400 |       .5
Michigan .....................|   4,310,700 |   4,330,400 |      19,700 |       .5
Mississippi ..................|   1,141,900 |   1,137,100 |      -4,800 |      -.4
Nevada .......................|   1,281,300 |   1,288,800 |       7,500 |       .6
New Hampshire ................|     662,900 |     666,900 |       4,000 |       .6
New Jersey ...................|   4,070,300 |   4,090,600 |      20,300 |       .5
New York .....................|   9,337,500 |   9,363,700 |      26,200 |       .3
North Carolina ...............|   4,309,800 |   4,329,200 |      19,400 |       .5
Pennsylvania .................|   5,873,400 |   5,893,400 |      20,000 |       .3
Tennessee ....................|   2,941,400 |   2,952,600 |      11,200 |       .4
West Virginia ................|     768,800 |     762,800 |      -6,000 |      -.8
Wyoming ......................|     282,500 |     280,500 |      -2,000 |      -.7
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from June 2015 to
June 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             |  Over-the-year change(p)
            State             |     June    |     June    |---------------------------
                              |     2015    |    2016(p)  |    Level    |   Percent 
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Alabama ......................|   1,946,400 |   1,966,300 |      19,900 |      1.0
Arizona ......................|   2,624,800 |   2,701,100 |      76,300 |      2.9
Arkansas .....................|   1,206,000 |   1,226,900 |      20,900 |      1.7
California ...................|  15,998,600 |  16,459,700 |     461,100 |      2.9
Colorado .....................|   2,537,200 |   2,598,700 |      61,500 |      2.4
Connecticut ..................|   1,675,500 |   1,693,400 |      17,900 |      1.1
Delaware .....................|     448,100 |     462,000 |      13,900 |      3.1
Florida ......................|   8,080,000 |   8,324,500 |     244,500 |      3.0
Georgia ......................|   4,264,400 |   4,387,600 |     123,200 |      2.9
Hawaii .......................|     636,200 |     650,900 |      14,700 |      2.3
                              |             |             |             |       
Idaho ........................|     672,200 |     691,300 |      19,100 |      2.8
Illinois .....................|   5,962,300 |   6,003,600 |      41,300 |       .7
Indiana ......................|   3,030,400 |   3,070,200 |      39,800 |      1.3
Iowa .........................|   1,559,900 |   1,581,100 |      21,200 |      1.4
Maryland .....................|   2,655,900 |   2,714,500 |      58,600 |      2.2
Massachusetts ................|   3,496,200 |   3,563,500 |      67,300 |      1.9
Michigan .....................|   4,238,900 |   4,330,400 |      91,500 |      2.2
Minnesota ....................|   2,859,500 |   2,889,400 |      29,900 |      1.0
Nebraska .....................|   1,004,600 |   1,016,400 |      11,800 |      1.2
Nevada .......................|   1,254,400 |   1,288,800 |      34,400 |      2.7
                              |             |             |             |       
New Hampshire ................|     656,800 |     666,900 |      10,100 |      1.5
New Jersey ...................|   4,021,600 |   4,090,600 |      69,000 |      1.7
New York .....................|   9,260,600 |   9,363,700 |     103,100 |      1.1
North Carolina ...............|   4,240,100 |   4,329,200 |      89,100 |      2.1
North Dakota .................|     453,200 |     438,200 |     -15,000 |     -3.3
Ohio .........................|   5,415,400 |   5,497,000 |      81,600 |      1.5
Oregon .......................|   1,776,700 |   1,834,400 |      57,700 |      3.2
Pennsylvania .................|   5,830,700 |   5,893,400 |      62,700 |      1.1
South Carolina ...............|   1,998,800 |   2,051,100 |      52,300 |      2.6
South Dakota .................|     428,000 |     435,400 |       7,400 |      1.7
                              |             |             |             |       
Tennessee ....................|   2,885,800 |   2,952,600 |      66,800 |      2.3
Texas ........................|  11,816,200 |  11,987,300 |     171,100 |      1.4
Utah .........................|   1,375,500 |   1,419,200 |      43,700 |      3.2
Virginia .....................|   3,838,300 |   3,912,800 |      74,500 |      1.9
Washington ...................|   3,155,200 |   3,245,900 |      90,700 |      2.9
Wisconsin ....................|   2,884,600 |   2,932,400 |      47,800 |      1.7
Wyoming ......................|     289,400 |     280,500 |      -8,900 |     -3.1
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   p = preliminary.



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