Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

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       REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2016


Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in March. Twenty-one
states had unemployment rate decreases from February, 15 states had increases,
and 14 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia
had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 12 states had increases,
and 2 states had no change. The national jobless rate, 5.0 percent, was little
changed from February and was 0.5 percentage point lower than in March 2015.

In March 2016, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states, decreased in
12 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in South Dakota.
The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in Maryland
(+19,300), Ohio (+18,300), and New Jersey (+17,300). The largest over-the-month
decrease in employment occurred in Texas (-12,000), followed by Indiana (-9,000)
and Oklahoma (-5,800). The largest over-the-month percentage increases in
employment occurred in Hawaii and Maryland (+0.7 percent each), followed by
Rhode Island and South Carolina (+0.6 percent each). The largest over-the-month
percentage declines in employment occurred in Alaska and Wyoming (-0.4 percent
each), followed by Arkansas, Indiana, and Oklahoma (-0.3 percent each). Over
the year, nonfarm employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia,
decreased in 6 states, and was unchanged in Kansas. The largest over-the-year
percentage increase occurred in Idaho (+3.6 percent), followed by Oregon and Utah
(+3.3 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage declines in employment
occurred in North Dakota (-4.5 percent), Wyoming (-3.2 percent), and Louisiana
and West Virginia (-0.7 percent each).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In March, no region had an unemployment rate significantly different from the
U.S. rate of 5.0 percent. Over the month, no region had a statistically
significant unemployment rate change. Significant over-the-year rate changes
occurred in three regions: the Northeast and West (-0.9 percentage point each)
and South (-0.6 point). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest
unemployment rate, 3.8 percent in March. Three other divisions also had rates
significantly different from that of the U.S.: the Mountain, 4.4 percent; New
England, 4.5 percent; and West South Central, 4.6 percent. Over the month, only
the East South Central had a significant unemployment rate change (-0.3 percentage
point). Seven divisions had significant rate changes from a year earlier, all
of which were declines. The largest of these decreases occurred in the Pacific
(-1.0 percentage point).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in March, 2.5
percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, followed by Colorado, 2.9 percent.
The rates in both Arkansas (4.0 percent) and Oregon (4.5 percent) set new
series lows. (All region, division, and state series begin in 1976.) Alaska
had the highest rate, 6.6 percent. In total, 20 states had unemployment rates
significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.0 percent, 10 states and the
District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 20 states had rates that
were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In March, six states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment
rate declines, the largest of which occurred in Tennessee (-0.4 percentage
point). Four states had significant rate increases from February, the largest
of which was in Pennsylvania (+0.3 percentage point). The remaining 40 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.)

New Jersey had the largest unemployment rate decline from March 2015 (-1.8
percentage points). Seventeen other states also had statistically significant
rate decreases from a year earlier. The only significant over-the-year rate
increases were in Wyoming (+1.3 percentage points) and North Dakota (+0.4 point).
(See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In March 2016, 15 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes
in employment, 14 of which were positive. The largest significant job gains
occurred in Maryland (+19,300), Ohio (+18,300), and New Jersey (+17,300). The
only significant job decrease occurred in Indiana (-9,000). (See tables D and 5.)

Over the year, 37 states had statistically significant changes in employment,
35 of which were positive. The largest significant over-the-year job increase
occurred in California (+420,800), followed by Florida (+234,300) and Texas
(+185,000). The significant over-the-year job decreases occurred in North Dakota
(-20,700) and Wyoming (-9,300). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for March is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for April
is scheduled to be released on Friday, May 20, 2016, 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 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           5.0
                                     |
Alabama .............................|           6.2
Alaska ..............................|           6.6
Arkansas ............................|           4.0
Colorado ............................|           2.9
District of Columbia ................|           6.5
Hawaii ..............................|           3.1
Idaho ...............................|           3.8
Illinois ............................|           6.5
Iowa ................................|           3.8
Kansas ..............................|           3.9
                                     |
Louisiana ...........................|           6.1
Maine ...............................|           3.4
Minnesota ...........................|           3.7
Mississippi .........................|           6.3
Missouri ............................|           4.2
Montana .............................|           4.3
Nebraska ............................|           3.0
Nevada ..............................|           5.8
New Hampshire .......................|           2.6
New Jersey ..........................|           4.4
                                     |
New Mexico ..........................|           6.2
North Dakota ........................|           3.1
Oklahoma ............................|           4.4
South Carolina ......................|           5.7
South Dakota ........................|           2.5
Texas ...............................|           4.3
Utah ................................|           3.5
Vermont .............................|           3.3
Virginia ............................|           4.0
Washington ..........................|           5.8
West Virginia .......................|           6.5
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from February 2016 to March 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |  February |   March   |    change(p)
                                |    2016   |  2016(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     4.2   |     4.0   |      -0.2
California .....................|     5.5   |     5.4   |       -.1
Iowa ...........................|     3.7   |     3.8   |        .1
Mississippi ....................|     6.5   |     6.3   |       -.2
North Dakota ...................|     2.9   |     3.1   |        .2
Oregon .........................|     4.8   |     4.5   |       -.3
Pennsylvania ...................|     4.6   |     4.9   |        .3
South Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     2.5   |       -.2
Tennessee ......................|     4.9   |     4.5   |       -.4
Wyoming ........................|     5.0   |     5.2   |        .2
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from March 2015 to March 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |   March   |   March   |    change(p)
                                |   2015    |  2016(p)  |
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Arizona ........................|     6.2   |     5.4   |      -0.8
Arkansas .......................|     5.5   |     4.0   |      -1.5
California .....................|     6.6   |     5.4   |      -1.2
Colorado .......................|     4.0   |     2.9   |      -1.1
Florida ........................|     5.6   |     4.9   |       -.7
Hawaii .........................|     3.9   |     3.1   |       -.8
Maine ..........................|     4.6   |     3.4   |      -1.2
Maryland .......................|     5.3   |     4.7   |       -.6
Michigan .......................|     5.8   |     4.8   |      -1.0
Missouri .......................|     5.3   |     4.2   |      -1.1
                                |           |           |
Nevada .........................|     6.9   |     5.8   |      -1.1
New Hampshire ..................|     3.7   |     2.6   |      -1.1
New Jersey .....................|     6.2   |     4.4   |      -1.8
New York .......................|     5.6   |     4.8   |       -.8
North Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     3.1   |        .4
Oregon .........................|     5.7   |     4.5   |      -1.2
South Dakota ...................|     3.2   |     2.5   |       -.7
Tennessee ......................|     6.0   |     4.5   |      -1.5
Virginia .......................|     4.7   |     4.0   |       -.7
Wyoming ........................|     3.9   |     5.2   |       1.3
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
February 2016 to March 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |   February  |    March    | Over-the-month
           State              |     2016    |   2016(p)   |    change(p)
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Georgia ......................|   4,346,500 |   4,359,100 |      12,600
Hawaii .......................|     648,600 |     653,000 |       4,400
Illinois .....................|   5,994,300 |   6,009,000 |      14,700
Indiana ......................|   3,067,500 |   3,058,500 |      -9,000
Maryland .....................|   2,684,300 |   2,703,600 |      19,300
Nebraska .....................|   1,013,900 |   1,018,500 |       4,600
Nevada .......................|   1,276,700 |   1,283,200 |       6,500
New Jersey ...................|   4,051,900 |   4,069,200 |      17,300
North Carolina ...............|   4,296,200 |   4,308,700 |      12,500
Ohio .........................|   5,475,500 |   5,493,800 |      18,300
                              |             |             |            
Pennsylvania .................|   5,876,400 |   5,891,700 |      15,300
Rhode Island .................|     488,200 |     490,900 |       2,700
South Carolina ...............|   2,028,600 |   2,040,000 |      11,400
Washington ...................|   3,222,700 |   3,231,700 |       9,000
Wisconsin ....................|   2,922,900 |   2,934,400 |      11,500
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   p = preliminary.


Table E.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
March 2015 to March 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |    March    |    March    | Over-the-year
           State              |    2015     |   2016(p)   |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,936,100 |   1,959,700 |      23,600
Arizona ......................|   2,612,400 |   2,694,000 |      81,600
Arkansas .....................|   1,197,900 |   1,223,900 |      26,000
California ...................|  15,900,100 |  16,320,900 |     420,800
Colorado .....................|   2,523,300 |   2,594,300 |      71,000
Delaware .....................|     446,200 |     457,900 |      11,700
Florida ......................|   8,014,500 |   8,248,800 |     234,300
Georgia ......................|   4,229,100 |   4,359,100 |     130,000
Hawaii .......................|     634,400 |     653,000 |      18,600
Idaho ........................|     667,800 |     691,800 |      24,000
                              |             |             |            
Illinois .....................|   5,929,100 |   6,009,000 |      79,900
Indiana ......................|   3,019,600 |   3,058,500 |      38,900
Kentucky .....................|   1,871,400 |   1,908,300 |      36,900
Maryland .....................|   2,641,200 |   2,703,600 |      62,400
Massachusetts ................|   3,476,000 |   3,537,400 |      61,400
Michigan .....................|   4,223,500 |   4,320,800 |      97,300
Minnesota ....................|   2,845,500 |   2,876,500 |      31,000
Mississippi ..................|   1,125,900 |   1,146,600 |      20,700
Nebraska .....................|   1,002,100 |   1,018,500 |      16,400
Nevada .......................|   1,247,700 |   1,283,200 |      35,500
                              |             |             |            
New Hampshire ................|     653,800 |     664,300 |      10,500
New Jersey ...................|   3,991,300 |   4,069,200 |      77,900
New York .....................|   9,202,100 |   9,334,400 |     132,300
North Carolina ...............|   4,204,400 |   4,308,700 |     104,300
North Dakota .................|     461,000 |     440,300 |     -20,700
Ohio .........................|   5,399,100 |   5,493,800 |      94,700
Oregon .......................|   1,764,700 |   1,823,300 |      58,600
Pennsylvania .................|   5,810,700 |   5,891,700 |      81,000
Rhode Island .................|     482,100 |     490,900 |       8,800
South Carolina ...............|   1,987,200 |   2,040,000 |      52,800
                              |             |             |            
Tennessee ....................|   2,859,000 |   2,950,800 |      91,800
Texas ........................|  11,774,000 |  11,959,000 |     185,000
Utah .........................|   1,366,000 |   1,411,000 |      45,000
Virginia .....................|   3,813,200 |   3,921,200 |     108,000
Washington ...................|   3,132,000 |   3,231,700 |      99,700
Wisconsin ....................|   2,883,200 |   2,934,400 |      51,200
Wyoming ......................|     293,600 |     284,300 |      -9,300
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   p = preliminary.



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