A data chart image of Illinois has the largest unemployment rate decline, December 2013 to December 2014

Illinois has the largest unemployment rate decline, December 2013 to December 2014

January 30, 2015

From December 2013 to December 2014, thirty states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines; the largest were in Illinois (-2.7 percentage points) and Rhode Island (-2.5 points). The only statistically significant increase occurred in Louisiana (+1.3 percentage points). The remaining 19 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were little different from a year earlier.

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January 29, 2015

A data chart image of Indiana had highest share of employment in durable goods manufacturing in December 2014

Indiana had highest share of employment in durable goods manufacturing in December 2014

Indiana had the highest share of nonfarm employment in durable goods manufacturing, 12.4 percent, in December 2014. Durable goods include cars, appliances, consumer electronics, furniture, and other items that typically last at least 3 years.

January 28, 2015

A data chart image of Union membership rate in private industry was 6.6 percent in 2014; public sector 35.7 percent

Union membership rate in private industry was 6.6 percent in 2014; public sector 35.7 percent

In 2014, public-sector workers had a union membership rate of 35.7 percent. That was more than five times the rate for private-sector workers, 6.6 percent. Ten years earlier, the union membership rate for public-sector workers was 36.4 percent, and the rate for private-sector workers was 7.9 percent.

January 27, 2015

A data chart image of Professional and business services accounted for 25 percent of job gains in 2014

Professional and business services accounted for 25 percent of job gains in 2014

In 2014, the professional and business services industry gained 732,000 jobs, an average monthly increase of 61,000 jobs. The gain was the largest among all major industries and represented 25 percent of total nonfarm employment growth.

January 26, 2015

A data chart image of Dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare access

Dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare access

In 2014, 54 percent of state and local government workers and 36 percent of private industry workers had access to dependent care reimbursement accounts. Only 13 percent of state and local government workers and 10 percent of private industry workers had access to workplace-funded childcare.

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