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.
District of Columbia
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).
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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.
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 January 25, 2015).
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