State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Monday, March 13, 2017                         USDL-17-0316

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                   STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JANUARY 2017


Unemployment rates were significantly lower in January in 5 states and stable in 45
states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Six states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 44 states
and the District had no significant change. The national unemployment rate was 4.8
percent in January, little changed from that of both December 2016 and January 2016.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 13 states in January 2017, decreased in Alaska,
and was essentially unchanged in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year,
28 states added nonfarm payroll jobs, 2 states lost jobs, and 20 states and the District
were essentially unchanged.

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Unemployment

New Hampshire had the lowest unemployment rate in January, 2.7 percent, closely followed
by Hawaii, 2.8 percent, and Colorado and South Dakota, 2.9 percent each. The rates in
both Arkansas (3.8 percent) and Oregon (4.3 percent) set new series lows. (All state
series begin in 1976.) New Mexico had the highest jobless rate, 6.7 percent, followed by
Alaska and Alabama, 6.5 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively. In total, 20 states had
unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 4.8 percent, 8 states
and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not
appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 1.)

In January, five states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases, the
largest of which was in Maine (-0.3 percentage point). The remaining 45 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.)

Six states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes from January 2016,
all of which were decreases. The largest of these declines occurred in Nevada (-1.2
percentage points). (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Thirteen states had statistically significant over-the-month increases in nonfarm
payroll employment and one state had a significant decrease in January 2017. The
largest increases in employment over the month occurred in Florida (+54,300), Texas
(+51,300), and New York (+28,700). In percentage terms, the largest increase occurred
in New Hampshire (+1.0 percent), followed by Idaho and Maine (+0.7 percent each).
Alaska had the only significant job loss (-2,100, or -0.6 percent). (See tables D
and 3.)

Twenty-eight states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm
payroll employment in January. The largest job gains occurred in California (+330,400),
Florida (+277,900), and Texas (+225,300). The largest percentage gains occurred in
Idaho (+4.0 percent), Nevada (+3.5 percent), and Florida (+3.4 percent). Two states
had significant over-the-year declines in employment: Wyoming (-9,100, or -3.2 percent)
and Alaska (-9,000, or -2.7 percent). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for January is scheduled
to be released on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The State Employment
and Unemployment news release for February is scheduled to be released on Friday,
March 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


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   |The title of this news release has been changed from "Regional and State    |
   |Employment and Unemployment” to “State Employment and Unemployment,” and the|
   |regional unemployment analysis and tables have been removed. Civilian labor |
   |force and unemployment data for the four census regions and nine geographic |
   |divisions continue to be available in the BLS time series database.         |
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   |On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the civilian labor force and unemployment data |
   |for states, the District of Columbia, and the modeled substate areas presented|
   |in tables 1 and 2 of this news release were revised to incorporate updated    |
   |inputs, new population controls, re-estimation of models, and adjustment to   |
   |new census division and national control totals. Estimates in tables A, B, C, |
   |and 1 of this news release also reflect revised seasonal adjustment. Both not |
   |seasonally adjusted and seasonally adjusted data were subject to revision from|
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   |Effective with this release, nonfarm payroll estimates for states and metro-  |
   |politan areas (tables 3 and 4) have been revised as a result of annual        |
   |benchmark processing to reflect 2016 employment counts primarily from the BLS |
   |Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), as well as updated seasonal  |
   |adjustment factors. Not seasonally adjusted data beginning with April 2015 and|
   |seasonally adjusted data beginning with January 2012 were subject to revision.|
   |Some seasonally adjusted series may have been revised back to 1990. For more  |
   |information on annual processing, see www.bls.gov/sae/benchmark2017.pdf.      |
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Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., January 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           4.8
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Alabama .............................|           6.4
Alaska ..............................|           6.5
Arkansas ............................|           3.8
Colorado ............................|           2.9
District of Columbia ................|           5.7
Georgia .............................|           5.5
Hawaii ..............................|           2.8
Idaho ...............................|           3.6
Illinois ............................|           5.7
Indiana .............................|           4.0
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Iowa ................................|           3.3
Kansas ..............................|           4.1
Louisiana ...........................|           5.9
Maine ...............................|           3.5
Maryland ............................|           4.2
Massachusetts .......................|           3.2
Minnesota ...........................|           4.0
Mississippi .........................|           5.5
Montana .............................|           3.9
Nebraska ............................|           3.3
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New Hampshire .......................|           2.7
New Mexico ..........................|           6.7
North Dakota ........................|           3.0
South Dakota ........................|           2.9
Utah ................................|           3.1
Vermont .............................|           3.1
Virginia ............................|           4.0
West Virginia .......................|           5.6
Wisconsin ...........................|           3.9
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from December 2016 to January 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |  December |  January  |    change(p)
                                |    2016   |  2017(p)  |
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Iowa ...........................|     3.5   |     3.3   |      -0.2
Kansas .........................|     4.3   |     4.1   |       -.2
Maine ..........................|     3.8   |     3.5   |       -.3
New York .......................|     4.8   |     4.6   |       -.2
Pennsylvania ...................|     5.4   |     5.2   |       -.2
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   p = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from January 2016 to January 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |  January  |  January  |    change(p)
                                |    2016   |  2017(p)  |
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California .....................|     5.7   |     5.1   |      -0.6
Connecticut ....................|     5.5   |     4.5   |      -1.0
Massachusetts ..................|     4.3   |     3.2   |      -1.1
Nevada .........................|     6.2   |     5.0   |      -1.2
New York .......................|     4.9   |     4.6   |       -.3
South Carolina .................|     5.5   |     4.4   |      -1.1
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   p = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from December 2016
to January 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
           State              |   December  |   December  |---------------------------
                              |     2016    |    2017(p)  |    Level    |   Percent
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Alabama ......................|   1,983,700 |   1,995,300 |      11,600 |      0.6
Alaska .......................|     329,400 |     327,300 |      -2,100 |      -.6
Florida ......................|   8,492,400 |   8,546,700 |      54,300 |       .6
Idaho ........................|     707,900 |     712,800 |       4,900 |       .7
Iowa .........................|   1,571,800 |   1,581,700 |       9,900 |       .6
Maine ........................|     617,600 |     622,000 |       4,400 |       .7
Massachusetts ................|   3,586,400 |   3,599,400 |      13,000 |       .4
Michigan .....................|   4,368,900 |   4,383,600 |      14,700 |       .3
Montana ......................|     471,700 |     474,400 |       2,700 |       .6
New Hampshire ................|     673,600 |     680,400 |       6,800 |      1.0
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New Jersey ...................|   4,103,700 |   4,116,300 |      12,600 |       .3
New York .....................|   9,458,300 |   9,487,000 |      28,700 |       .3
Texas ........................|  12,137,800 |  12,189,100 |      51,300 |       .4
Virginia .....................|   3,936,300 |   3,950,500 |      14,200 |       .4
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   p = preliminary.


Table E. States with statistically significant employment changes from January 2016
to January 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             |  Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |   January   |    January  |---------------------------
                              |     2016    |    2017(p)  |    Level    |    Percent
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Alabama ......................|   1,966,900 |   1,995,300 |      28,400 |      1.4
Alaska .......................|     336,300 |     327,300 |      -9,000 |     -2.7
Arizona ......................|   2,672,900 |   2,727,600 |      54,700 |      2.0
California ...................|  16,317,200 |  16,647,600 |     330,400 |      2.0
Colorado .....................|   2,576,000 |   2,626,200 |      50,200 |      1.9
Florida ......................|   8,268,800 |   8,546,700 |     277,900 |      3.4
Georgia ......................|   4,327,500 |   4,442,200 |     114,700 |      2.7
Idaho ........................|     685,300 |     712,800 |      27,500 |      4.0
Indiana ......................|   3,066,300 |   3,102,700 |      36,400 |      1.2
Kentucky .....................|   1,904,300 |   1,934,900 |      30,600 |      1.6
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Maryland .....................|   2,697,500 |   2,737,500 |      40,000 |      1.5
Massachusetts ................|   3,534,300 |   3,599,400 |      65,100 |      1.8
Michigan .....................|   4,289,900 |   4,383,600 |      93,700 |      2.2
Minnesota ....................|   2,880,800 |   2,913,100 |      32,300 |      1.1
Missouri .....................|   2,823,800 |   2,876,400 |      52,600 |      1.9
Montana ......................|     465,400 |     474,400 |       9,000 |      1.9
Nevada .......................|   1,277,900 |   1,322,300 |      44,400 |      3.5
New Hampshire ................|     663,900 |     680,400 |      16,500 |      2.5
New Jersey ...................|   4,046,600 |   4,116,300 |      69,700 |      1.7
New York .....................|   9,347,200 |   9,487,000 |     139,800 |      1.5
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North Carolina ...............|   4,296,900 |   4,376,100 |      79,200 |      1.8
Oregon .......................|   1,811,900 |   1,855,200 |      43,300 |      2.4
Pennsylvania .................|   5,861,300 |   5,931,600 |      70,300 |      1.2
South Carolina ...............|   2,035,500 |   2,076,000 |      40,500 |      2.0
Tennessee ....................|   2,936,500 |   2,995,300 |      58,800 |      2.0
Texas ........................|  11,963,800 |  12,189,100 |     225,300 |      1.9
Utah .........................|   1,405,600 |   1,452,000 |      46,400 |      3.3
Virginia .....................|   3,894,200 |   3,950,500 |      56,300 |      1.4
Washington ...................|   3,193,900 |   3,284,300 |      90,400 |      2.8
Wyoming ......................|     287,100 |     278,000 |      -9,100 |     -3.2
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   p = preliminary.



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