State unemployment and employment, January 2014

March 19, 2014

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in January. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from December, one state had an increase, and six states had no change.

 

Unemployment rate by state, seasonally adjusted, January 2014
StateRate

North Dakota

2.6

Nebraska

3.5

South Dakota

3.6

Utah

3.9

Vermont

4.0

Iowa

4.3

Wyoming

4.3

Hawaii

4.6

Minnesota

4.7

Kansas

4.8

Louisiana

4.9

New Hampshire

4.9

Virginia

5.0

Oklahoma

5.2

Montana

5.3

Idaho

5.4

Texas

5.7

Maryland

5.8

West Virginia

5.9

Missouri

6.0

Alabama

6.1

Colorado

6.1

Delaware

6.1

Florida

6.1

Wisconsin

6.1

Maine

6.2

Alaska

6.4

Indiana

6.4

Pennsylvania

6.4

South Carolina

6.4

Washington

6.4

New Mexico

6.6

North Carolina

6.7

Massachusetts

6.8

New York

6.8

Ohio

6.9

Oregon

7.0

New Jersey

7.1

Connecticut

7.2

Tennessee

7.2

Arkansas

7.3

Georgia

7.3

District of Columbia

7.4

Arizona

7.5

Mississippi

7.5

Kentucky

7.7

Michigan

7.8

California

8.1

Illinois

8.7

Nevada

8.7

Rhode Island

9.2

 

Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate among the states in January, 9.2 percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.6 percent. In total, 18 states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 6.6 percent, 6 states had measurably higher rates, and 26 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 46 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 4 states. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Nevada (+3.4 percent), followed by North Dakota (+3.3 percent) and Texas (+2.9 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Kentucky and New Mexico (-0.3 percent each), followed by West Virginia (-0.2 percent).

States with statistically significant employment changes from January 2013 to January 2014, seasonally adjusted
StateJanuary 2013January 2014 (p)Over the year change (p)Over the year percent change (p)

Nevada

1,161,7001,201,10039,4003.4

North Dakota

436,900451,30014,4003.3

Texas

11,036,90011,359,300322,4002.9

Colorado

2,349,0002,412,20063,2002.7

Oregon

1,654,2001,698,00043,8002.6

Florida

7,485,2007,678,000192,8002.6

Utah

1,274,8001,305,20030,4002.4

Arizona

2,495,1002,551,20056,1002.2

California

14,972,50015,292,100319,6002.1

Hawaii

608,800621,30012,5002.1

Wisconsin

2,799,1002,855,20056,1002.0

South Carolina

1,879,3001,916,70037,4002.0

Minnesota

2,758,4002,812,30053,9002.0

Georgia

3,997,5004,071,90074,4001.9

Washington

2,961,7003,015,20053,5001.8

Oklahoma

1,623,3001,652,00028,7001.8

North Carolina

4,026,9004,097,00070,1001.7

Delaware

423,100430,3007,2001.7

Indiana

2,911,3002,955,20043,9001.5

Massachusetts

3,332,2003,382,20050,0001.5

Missouri

2,711,1002,751,40040,3001.5

Montana

445,500452,1006,6001.5

Kansas

1,364,1001,383,30019,2001.4

Tennessee

2,734,5002,772,30037,8001.4

New York

8,848,1008,965,500117,4001.3

Ohio

5,218,5005,285,60067,1001.3

Iowa

1,517,4001,536,90019,5001.3

Michigan

4,081,3004,118,50037,2000.9
Footnotes:

 

(p) Preliminary

 

Employment data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Unemployment data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – January 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑0430.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State unemployment and employment, January 2014 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140319.htm (visited November 26, 2014).

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