Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, September 20, 2016			USDL-16-1866

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	   REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- AUGUST 2016


Unemployment rates were significantly higher in August in 6 states, lower in 3 states,
and stable in 41 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Ten states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 5
states had increases, and 35 states and the District had no significant change. The
national unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent in August and was little different
from that of August 2015.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 4 states and the District of Columbia in August
2016, decreased in 3 states, and was essentially unchanged in 43 states. Over the year,
35 states added appreciable numbers of nonfarm payroll jobs, North Dakota and Wyoming
lost jobs, and 13 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Regional Unemployment

In August, two regions had unemployment rates significantly different than the U.S. rate
of 4.9 percent: the Midwest, at 4.5 percent, and West, at 5.3 percent. Over the month,
no region had a statistically significant unemployment rate change. Significant over-the-
year rate decreases occurred in two regions: the South (-0.5 percentage point) and West
(-0.3 point). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest unemployment
rate, 4.1 percent in August, followed by New England, 4.2 percent, and the South Atlantic,
4.5 percent. The Pacific had the highest rate, 5.4 percent. Over the month, the West
North Central had the only statistically significant jobless rate change (+0.2 percentage
point). Four 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
and South Atlantic (-0.8 percentage point each).

State Unemployment

South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in August, 2.9 percent and
3.0 percent, respectively. Alaska had the highest unemployment rate, 6.8 percent. In total,
20 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 4.9 percent,
11 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 19 states had rates that
were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In August, six states had statistically significant unemployment rate increases, the largest
of which occurred in Missouri (+0.4 percentage point) and Kansas (+0.3 point). Three states
had notable rate decreases: Alabama and Illinois (-0.3 percentage point each) and Utah
(-0.2 point). The remaining 41 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. (See table B.)

Ten states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from August 2015. The
largest declines were in Arkansas and Tennessee (-1.2 percentage points each), followed by
North Carolina (-1.1 points) and West Virginia (-1.0 point). Five states had significant
unemployment rate increases over the year. The largest increase was in Wyoming (+1.2
percentage points), followed by Oklahoma and Pennsylvania (+0.8 point each). (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Four states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant over-the-month
increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 3 states had significant decreases in August
2016. The largest job gains occurred in California (+63,100), Florida (+24,500), and
Virginia (+13,100). In percentage terms, the largest increase occurred in the District
(+0.8 percent), followed by New Hampshire (+0.7 percent) and California (+0.4 percent).
The three significant decreases in employment over the month occurred in Michigan (-16,400),
North Carolina (-14,100), and Louisiana (-7,800). In percentage terms, the largest decreases
occurred in Louisiana and Michigan (-0.4 percent each), followed by North Carolina
(-0.3 percent). (See tables D and 5.)

Thirty-seven states had statistically significant over-the-year changes in nonfarm payroll
employment in August, 35 of which were increases. The largest job gains occurred in 
California (+378,000), Florida (+259,800), and Texas (+190,600). The largest percentage gains
occurred in Idaho and Oregon (+3.3 percent each), followed by Florida (+3.2 percent). Two
states had significant over-the-year declines in employment: Wyoming (-9,400, or -3.3 percent)
and North Dakota (-7,500, or -1.7 percent). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Regional and
State Employment and Unemployment news release for September is scheduled to be released
on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., August 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           4.9
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           6.8
Arizona .............................|           5.8
Arkansas ............................|           3.9
California ..........................|           5.5
Colorado ............................|           3.8
Delaware ............................|           4.3
District of Columbia ................|           6.0
Hawaii ..............................|           3.4
Idaho ...............................|           3.8
Iowa ................................|           4.2
                                     |
Kansas ..............................|           4.3
Louisiana ...........................|           6.3
Maine ...............................|           4.0
Maryland ............................|           4.3
Massachusetts .......................|           3.9
Minnesota ...........................|           4.0
Mississippi .........................|           6.0
Montana .............................|           4.3
Nebraska ............................|           3.2
Nevada ..............................|           6.3
                                     |
New Hampshire .......................|           3.0
New Mexico ..........................|           6.6
North Dakota ........................|           3.1
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.7
South Dakota ........................|           2.9
Utah ................................|           3.7
Vermont .............................|           3.3
Virginia ............................|           3.9
Washington ..........................|           5.7
West Virginia .......................|           5.7
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.2
Wyoming .............................|           5.5
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from July 2016 to August 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |    July   |  August   |    change(p)
                                |    2016   |  2016(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     5.7   |     5.4   |      -0.3
Illinois .......................|     5.8   |     5.5   |       -.3
Iowa ...........................|     4.1   |     4.2   |        .1
Kansas .........................|     4.0   |     4.3   |        .3
Missouri .......................|     4.7   |     5.1   |        .4
Nebraska .......................|     3.1   |     3.2   |        .1
New Mexico .....................|     6.4   |     6.6   |        .2
Oregon .........................|     5.2   |     5.4   |        .2
Utah ...........................|     3.9   |     3.7   |       -.2
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from August 2015 to August 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |   August  |  August   |    change(p)
                                |    2015   |  2016(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     5.1   |     3.9   |      -1.2
California .....................|     6.0   |     5.5   |       -.5
Georgia ........................|     5.6   |     4.9   |       -.7
Iowa ...........................|     3.6   |     4.2   |        .6
Maryland .......................|     5.1   |     4.3   |       -.8
Massachusetts ..................|     4.8   |     3.9   |       -.9
New York .......................|     5.0   |     4.8   |       -.2
North Carolina .................|     5.7   |     4.6   |      -1.1
North Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     3.1   |        .4
Oklahoma .......................|     4.3   |     5.1   |        .8
                                |           |           |
Pennsylvania ...................|     4.9   |     5.7   |        .8
Tennessee ......................|     5.6   |     4.4   |      -1.2
Vermont ........................|     3.7   |     3.3   |       -.4
West Virginia ..................|     6.7   |     5.7   |      -1.0
Wyoming ........................|     4.3   |     5.5   |       1.2
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
July 2016 to August 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
           State              |     July    |    August   |---------------------------
                              |     2016    |    2016(p)  |    Level    |   Percent
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California ...................|  16,471,200 |  16,534,300 |      63,100 |      0.4
District of Columbia .........|     773,000 |     778,900 |       5,900 |       .8
Florida ......................|   8,367,900 |   8,392,400 |      24,500 |       .3
Louisiana ....................|   1,978,500 |   1,970,700 |      -7,800 |      -.4
Michigan .....................|   4,341,000 |   4,324,600 |     -16,400 |      -.4
New Hampshire ................|     667,100 |     671,500 |       4,400 |       .7
North Carolina ...............|   4,341,300 |   4,327,200 |     -14,100 |      -.3
Virginia .....................|   3,920,100 |   3,933,200 |      13,100 |       .3
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   p = preliminary.


Table E.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
August 2015 to August 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |    August   |    August   |---------------------------
                              |     2015    |    2016(p)  |     Level   |    Percent
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Alabama ......................|   1,952,500 |   1,971,100 |      18,600 |      1.0
Arizona ......................|   2,644,800 |   2,698,800 |      54,000 |      2.0
Arkansas .....................|   1,212,700 |   1,229,400 |      16,700 |      1.4
California ...................|  16,156,300 |  16,534,300 |     378,000 |      2.3
Colorado .....................|   2,546,200 |   2,617,800 |      71,600 |      2.8
Connecticut ..................|   1,672,200 |   1,690,800 |      18,600 |      1.1
Delaware .....................|     449,100 |     461,600 |      12,500 |      2.8
Florida ......................|   8,132,600 |   8,392,400 |     259,800 |      3.2
Georgia ......................|   4,283,200 |   4,387,200 |     104,000 |      2.4
Hawaii .......................|     640,600 |     651,400 |      10,800 |      1.7
                              |             |             |             |       
Idaho ........................|     673,500 |     695,500 |      22,000 |      3.3
Illinois .....................|   5,968,600 |   6,008,700 |      40,100 |      	.7
Indiana ......................|   3,043,200 |   3,075,000 |      31,800 |      1.0
Iowa .........................|   1,559,400 |   1,590,600 |      31,200 |      2.0
Maryland .....................|   2,665,500 |   2,712,300 |      46,800 |      1.8
Massachusetts ................|   3,508,300 |   3,576,400 |      68,100 |      1.9
Michigan .....................|   4,248,800 |   4,324,600 |      75,800 |      1.8
Minnesota ....................|   2,862,700 |   2,901,400 |      38,700 |      1.4
Nevada .......................|   1,264,100 |   1,301,300 |      37,200 |      2.9
New Hampshire ................|     658,500 |     671,500 |      13,000 |      2.0
                              |             |             |             |       
New Jersey ...................|   4,028,600 |   4,080,800 |      52,200 |      1.3
New York .....................|   9,283,400 |   9,385,900 |     102,500 |      1.1
North Carolina ...............|   4,252,400 |   4,327,200 |      74,800 |      1.8
North Dakota .................|     450,000 |     442,500 |      -7,500 |     -1.7
Ohio .........................|   5,425,100 |   5,503,400 |      78,300 |      1.4
Oregon .......................|   1,783,800 |   1,842,900 |      59,100 |      3.3
Pennsylvania .................|   5,843,700 |   5,899,500 |      55,800 |      1.0
South Carolina ...............|   2,010,300 |   2,060,800 |      50,500 |      2.5
South Dakota .................|     427,700 |     437,900 |      10,200 |      2.4
Tennessee ....................|   2,901,900 |   2,965,900 |      64,000 |      2.2
                              |             |             |             |       
Texas ........................|  11,862,800 |  12,053,400 |     190,600 |      1.6
Utah .........................|   1,383,600 |   1,426,400 |      42,800 |      3.1
Vermont ......................|     311,700 |     318,200 |       6,500 |      2.1
Virginia .....................|   3,860,700 |   3,933,200 |      72,500 |      1.9
Washington ...................|   3,163,000 |   3,251,800 |      88,800 |      2.8
Wisconsin ....................|   2,889,600 |   2,930,700 |      41,100 |      1.4
Wyoming ......................|     289,200 |     279,800 |      -9,400 |     -3.3
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   p = preliminary.



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