Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 21, 2015                    USDL-15-0687

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           REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2015


Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in March. Twenty-three
states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from February,
12 states had increases, and 15 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, three states had increases, and
one state had no change. The national jobless rate was unchanged from February
at 5.5 percent and was 1.1 percentage points lower than in March 2014. 

In March 2015, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 31 states and the District
of Columbia, increased in 18 states, and was unchanged in Idaho. The largest over-
the-month decrease in employment occurred in Texas (-25,400), followed by Oklahoma
(-12,900) and Pennsylvania (-12,700). The largest over-the-month increases in
employment occurred in California (+39,800), Florida (+30,600), and Massachusetts
and Washington (+10,500 each). The largest over-the-month percentage decline in
employment occurred in Oklahoma (-0.8 percent), followed by Arkansas, North Dakota,
and West Virginia (-0.6 percent each). The largest over-the-month percentage
increases in employment occurred in Delaware, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, and
South Dakota (+0.4 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in
49 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in West Virginia (-0.5
percent). The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Utah (+3.9
percent), followed by Florida (+3.7 percent) and Washington (+3.4 percent).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In March, the Midwest had the lowest regional unemployment rate, 5.0 percent, while
the West had the highest rate, 5.9 percent. Over the month, the only statistically
significant unemployment rate change was in the West (-0.2 percentage point).
Significant over-the-year rate decreases occurred in all four regions: the Midwest
(-1.3 percentage points), West (-1.2 points), and Northeast and South (-0.9 point
each). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest
unemployment rate, 4.2 percent in March. The Pacific had the highest rate, 6.3
percent. Over the month, the only statistically significant jobless rate change
occurred in the Pacific (-0.2 percentage point). All nine divisions had significant
rate declines from a year earlier, with the largest of these decreases occurring in
the East North Central (-1.4 percentage points). 

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in March, 2.6 percent. Nevada had the highest
rate among the states, 7.1 percent. The District of Columbia had a rate of 7.7
percent. In total, 20 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the
U.S. figure of 5.5 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had measurably
higher rates, and 19 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that
of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In March, 10 states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate
declines, the largest of which occurred in Oregon and Washington (-0.4 percentage
point each). Four states had significant over-the-month rate increases, the largest
of which occurred in West Virginia (+0.5 percentage point). The remaining 36 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.)

Twenty-seven states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines from
March 2014, the largest of which occurred in Kentucky (-2.1 percentage points) and
Michigan (-2.0 points). The only significant over-the-year rate increases occurred
in Louisiana (+1.1 percentage points) and North Dakota (+0.4 point). The remaining
21 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 March 2015, 11 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes in
employment, 7 of which were decreases. The largest significant job decreases 
occurred in Texas (-25,400), Oklahoma (-12,900), and Missouri (-10,300). The
statistically significant job gains occurred in California (+39,800), Florida
(+30,600), and Massachusetts and Washington (+10,500 each). (See tables D and 5.)

Over the year, 37 states had statistically significant changes in employment, all
of which were positive. The largest significant over-the-year job increase occurred
in California (+481,900), followed by Texas (+327,500) and Florida (+284,100). (See
table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for March 2015 is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for April 2015 is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


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  |           Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data Corrections         |
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  |This news release contains corrections to previously released employment|
  |data in tables D, E, 5, and 6. A complete list of corrections in this   |
  |news release and in the CES (State and Area) database can be found at   |
  |www.bls.gov/bls/errata/sae_errata.htm.                                  |
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Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., March 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           5.5
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           6.5
California ..........................|           6.5
Colorado ............................|           4.2
Connecticut .........................|           6.4
Delaware ............................|           4.6
District of Columbia ................|           7.7
Georgia .............................|           6.3
Hawaii ..............................|           4.1
Idaho ...............................|           3.8
Iowa ................................|           4.0
                                     |
Kansas ..............................|           4.2
Louisiana ...........................|           6.6
Maine ...............................|           4.8
Minnesota ...........................|           3.7
Mississippi .........................|           6.8
Montana .............................|           4.1
Nebraska ............................|           2.6
Nevada ..............................|           7.1
New Hampshire .......................|           3.9
New Jersey ..........................|           6.5
                                     |
North Dakota ........................|           3.1
Oklahoma ............................|           3.9
Rhode Island ........................|           6.3
South Carolina ......................|           6.7
South Dakota ........................|           3.5
Texas ...............................|           4.2
Utah ................................|           3.4
Vermont .............................|           3.8
Virginia ............................|           4.8
West Virginia .......................|           6.6
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.6
Wyoming .............................|           4.1
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from February 2015 to March 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |  February |   March   |    change(p)
                                |    2015   |  2015(p)  |
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Alaska .........................|     6.3   |     6.5   |       0.2
Arizona ........................|     6.5   |     6.2   |       -.3
California .....................|     6.7   |     6.5   |       -.2
Delaware .......................|     4.8   |     4.6   |       -.2
Iowa ...........................|     4.1   |     4.0   |       -.1
Maine ..........................|     5.0   |     4.8   |       -.2
Michigan .......................|     5.9   |     5.6   |       -.3
Nebraska .......................|     2.7   |     2.6   |       -.1
North Dakota ...................|     2.9   |     3.1   |        .2
Oregon .........................|     5.8   |     5.4   |       -.4
                                |           |           |          
South Dakota ...................|     3.4   |     3.5   |        .1
Vermont ........................|     3.9   |     3.8   |       -.1
Washington .....................|     6.3   |     5.9   |       -.4
West Virginia ..................|     6.1   |     6.6   |        .5
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   p = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from March 2014 to March 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |   March   |   March   |    change(p)
                                |    2014   |  2015(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     7.2   |     5.7   |      -1.5
California .....................|     7.9   |     6.5   |      -1.4
Colorado .......................|     5.5   |     4.2   |      -1.3
Delaware .......................|     6.0   |     4.6   |      -1.4
Florida ........................|     6.5   |     5.7   |       -.8
Georgia ........................|     7.3   |     6.3   |      -1.0
Idaho ..........................|     4.9   |     3.8   |      -1.1
Illinois .......................|     7.7   |     6.0   |      -1.7
Kentucky .......................|     7.2   |     5.1   |      -2.1
Louisiana ......................|     5.5   |     6.6   |       1.1
                                |           |           |          
Maine ..........................|     5.8   |     4.8   |      -1.0
Massachusetts ..................|     5.9   |     4.8   |      -1.1
Michigan .......................|     7.6   |     5.6   |      -2.0
Minnesota ......................|     4.4   |     3.7   |       -.7
Montana ........................|     4.8   |     4.1   |       -.7
Nebraska .......................|     3.4   |     2.6   |       -.8
Nevada .........................|     8.2   |     7.1   |      -1.1
New Hampshire ..................|     4.5   |     3.9   |       -.6
New Mexico .....................|     6.8   |     6.1   |       -.7
New York .......................|     6.6   |     5.7   |       -.9
                                |           |           |
North Carolina .................|     6.4   |     5.4   |      -1.0
North Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     3.1   |        .4
Ohio ...........................|     6.0   |     5.1   |       -.9
Oklahoma .......................|     4.8   |     3.9   |       -.9
Oregon .........................|     7.1   |     5.4   |      -1.7
Pennsylvania ...................|     6.1   |     5.3   |       -.8
Rhode Island ...................|     8.2   |     6.3   |      -1.9
Texas ..........................|     5.3   |     4.2   |      -1.1
Wisconsin ......................|     5.6   |     4.6   |      -1.0
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   p = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
February 2015 to March 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |   February  |    March    | Over-the-month
           State              |     2015    |   2015(p)   |    change(p)  
                              |             |             |               
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Arkansas .....................|   1,209,900 |   1,203,200 |      -6,700
California ...................|  15,942,200 |  15,982,000 |      39,800
Florida ......................|   7,992,300 |   8,022,900 |      30,600
Massachusetts ................|   3,447,200 |   3,457,700 |      10,500
Missouri .....................|   2,768,000 |   2,757,700 |     -10,300
New Mexico ...................|     832,000 |     827,500 |      -4,500
North Dakota .................|     470,500 |     467,500 |      -3,000
Oklahoma .....................|   1,672,400 |   1,659,500 |     -12,900
Texas ........................|  11,778,600 |  11,753,200 |     -25,400
Washington ...................|   3,141,800 |   3,152,300 |      10,500
West Virginia ................|     761,200 |     756,400 |      -4,800
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   p = preliminary.


Table E. States with statistically significant employment changes from
March 2014 to March 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |   March     |    March    |Over-the-year 
           State              |   2014      |   2015(p)   |   change(p)  
                              |             |             |              
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Alabama ......................|   1,911,500 |   1,938,600 |      27,100
Arizona ......................|   2,551,900 |   2,618,300 |      66,400
Arkansas .....................|   1,181,000 |   1,203,200 |      22,200
California ...................|  15,500,100 |  15,982,000 |     481,900
Colorado .....................|   2,436,400 |   2,504,100 |      67,700
Connecticut ..................|   1,659,600 |   1,686,700 |      27,100
Delaware .....................|     435,300 |     444,500 |       9,200
Florida ......................|   7,738,800 |   8,022,900 |     284,100
Georgia ......................|   4,112,400 |   4,239,500 |     127,100
Idaho ........................|     652,100 |     672,700 |      20,600
                              |             |             |            
Illinois .....................|   5,843,700 |   5,915,300 |      71,600
Indiana ......................|   2,965,500 |   3,016,300 |      50,800
Iowa .........................|   1,541,200 |   1,568,100 |      26,900
Kansas .......................|   1,388,400 |   1,403,800 |      15,400
Kentucky .....................|   1,844,700 |   1,880,600 |      35,900
Maryland .....................|   2,602,300 |   2,638,300 |      36,000
Massachusetts ................|   3,397,500 |   3,457,700 |      60,200
Michigan .....................|   4,158,200 |   4,246,400 |      88,200
Minnesota ....................|   2,795,400 |   2,844,800 |      49,400
Missouri .....................|   2,721,500 |   2,757,700 |      36,200
                              |             |             |            
Nebraska .....................|     991,200 |   1,005,100 |      13,900
Nevada .......................|   1,203,100 |   1,237,200 |      34,100
New Jersey ...................|   3,941,300 |   3,990,100 |      48,800
New Mexico ...................|     815,700 |     827,500 |      11,800
New York .....................|   9,041,300 |   9,190,300 |     149,000
North Carolina ...............|   4,105,900 |   4,219,600 |     113,700
North Dakota .................|     454,300 |     467,500 |      13,200
Ohio .........................|   5,309,100 |   5,386,500 |      77,400
Oregon .......................|   1,703,400 |   1,759,500 |      56,100
Pennsylvania .................|   5,764,600 |   5,819,300 |      54,700
                              |             |             |            
South Carolina ...............|   1,935,500 |   1,984,800 |      49,300
South Dakota .................|     422,200 |     429,200 |       7,000
Tennessee ....................|   2,795,400 |   2,844,700 |      49,300
Texas ........................|  11,425,700 |  11,753,200 |     327,500
Utah .........................|   1,316,900 |   1,368,900 |      52,000
Washington ...................|   3,049,500 |   3,152,300 |     102,800
Wisconsin ....................|   2,832,500 |   2,885,700 |      53,200
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