State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, August 18, 2017                            USDL-17-1129

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                     STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JULY 2017


Unemployment rates were higher in July in 3 states, lower in 1 state, and stable in
46 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Twenty-seven states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 23 states
and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate, 4.3 percent,
was little changed from June but was 0.6 percentage point lower than in July 2016.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 11 states and the District of Columbia in 
July 2017, decreased in 1 state, and was essentially unchanged in 38 states. Over the
year, 29 states and the District added nonfarm payroll jobs and 21 states were
essentially unchanged.

Unemployment

North Dakota and Colorado had the lowest unemployment rates in July, 2.2 percent and
2.4 percent, respectively. The rates in North Dakota (2.2 percent) and Tennessee (3.4
percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest
jobless rate, 7.0 percent. In total, 18 states had unemployment rates lower than the
U.S. figure of 4.3 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates,
and 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
(See tables A and 1.)

In July, three states had unemployment rate increases: Alaska and Maine (+0.2 percentage
point each) and South Dakota (+0.1 point). Texas had the only notable rate decrease (-0.3
percentage point). The remaining 46 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates
that were not notably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes
that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.

Twenty-seven states had unemployment rate changes from July 2016, all of which were
decreases. The largest of these declines occurred in Indiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming
(-1.4 percentage points each). (See table B.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Eleven states and the District of Columbia had over-the-month increases in nonfarm 
payroll employment in July 2017. The largest increase in employment over the month 
occurred in California (+82,600), followed by Florida (+32,700) and Pennsylvania (+29,000). 
In percentage terms, the largest increases occurred in the District of Columbia, Idaho, 
Oklahoma, and Rhode Island (+0.6 percent each). Georgia had the only significant employment
decrease (-14,100, or -0.3 percent). (See tables C and 3.)

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia had over-the-year increases in nonfarm
payroll employment in July. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+293,400),
California (+276,400), and Florida (+226,200). The largest percentage gain occurred in
Oregon (+2.9 percent), followed by Arkansas, Florida, and Nevada (+2.7 percent each).
(See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The State Employment
and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled to be released on Friday,
September 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., July 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           4.3
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           7.0
Arizona .............................|           5.1
Arkansas ............................|           3.4
California ..........................|           4.8
Colorado ............................|           2.4
District of Columbia ................|           6.4
Hawaii ..............................|           2.7
Idaho ...............................|           3.0
Indiana .............................|           3.1
Iowa ................................|           3.2
                                     |
Kansas ..............................|           3.7
Kentucky ............................|           5.3
Louisiana ...........................|           5.3
Maine ...............................|           3.7
Minnesota ...........................|           3.7
Mississippi .........................|           5.2
Nebraska ............................|           2.8
New Hampshire .......................|           2.8
New Mexico ..........................|           6.3
North Dakota ........................|           2.2
                                     |
Ohio ................................|           5.2
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.0
South Dakota ........................|           3.1
Tennessee ...........................|           3.4
Utah ................................|           3.5
Vermont .............................|           3.1
Virginia ............................|           3.8
Wisconsin ...........................|           3.2
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   (1) Data are not preliminary.
   (p) = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from July 2016 to July 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    July   |    July   |    change(p)
                                |    2016   |   2017(p) |
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Alabama ........................|     5.8   |     4.5   |      -1.3
Arkansas .......................|     4.0   |     3.4   |       -.6
California .....................|     5.4   |     4.8   |       -.6
Colorado .......................|     3.4   |     2.4   |      -1.0
Florida ........................|     4.9   |     4.1   |       -.8
Idaho ..........................|     3.8   |     3.0   |       -.8
Illinois .......................|     5.8   |     4.8   |      -1.0
Indiana ........................|     4.5   |     3.1   |      -1.4
Iowa ...........................|     3.7   |     3.2   |       -.5
Louisiana ......................|     6.2   |     5.3   |       -.9
                                |           |           |
Michigan .......................|     4.9   |     3.7   |      -1.2
Missouri .......................|     4.8   |     3.8   |      -1.0
Nebraska .......................|     3.2   |     2.8   |       -.4
Nevada .........................|     5.6   |     4.8   |       -.8
New Jersey .....................|     5.1   |     4.2   |       -.9
New York .......................|     4.9   |     4.7   |       -.2
North Carolina .................|     4.9   |     4.1   |       -.8
North Dakota ...................|     3.1   |     2.2   |       -.9
Oklahoma .......................|     5.0   |     4.4   |       -.6
Oregon .........................|     5.1   |     3.8   |      -1.3
                                |           |           |
Rhode Island ...................|     5.4   |     4.3   |      -1.1
South Carolina .................|     4.8   |     3.9   |       -.9
Tennessee ......................|     4.8   |     3.4   |      -1.4
Washington .....................|     5.5   |     4.5   |      -1.0
West Virginia ..................|     6.0   |     4.7   |      -1.3
Wisconsin ......................|     4.2   |     3.2   |      -1.0
Wyoming ........................|     5.4   |     4.0   |      -1.4
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant employment changes from June 2017 to
July 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
           State              |     June    |     July    |---------------------------
                              |     2017    |     2017(p) |    Level    |   Percent
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Arkansas .....................|   1,253,700 |   1,259,800 |       6,100 |      0.5
California ...................|  16,701,500 |  16,784,100 |      82,600 |       .5
District of Columbia .........|     792,400 |     797,100 |       4,700 |       .6
Florida ......................|   8,601,600 |   8,634,300 |      32,700 |       .4
Georgia ......................|   4,493,900 |   4,479,800 |     -14,100 |      -.3
Idaho ........................|     708,800 |     713,100 |       4,300 |       .6
Kentucky .....................|   1,936,200 |   1,943,900 |       7,700 |       .4
Missouri .....................|   2,889,000 |   2,903,100 |      14,100 |       .5
New York .....................|   9,533,200 |   9,554,800 |      21,600 |       .2
Oklahoma .....................|   1,656,800 |   1,667,000 |      10,200 |       .6
                              |             |             |             |       
Pennsylvania .................|   5,924,800 |   5,953,800 |      29,000 |       .5
Rhode Island .................|     496,100 |     499,200 |       3,100 |       .6
South Carolina ...............|   2,084,300 |   2,092,000 |       7,700 |       .4
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from July 2016 to
July 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |     July    |     July    |---------------------------
                              |     2016    |     2017(p) |    Level    |    Percent
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Alabama ......................|   1,976,700 |   2,008,100 |      31,400 |      1.6
Arizona ......................|   2,712,000 |   2,745,300 |      33,300 |      1.2
Arkansas .....................|   1,227,100 |   1,259,800 |      32,700 |      2.7
California ...................|  16,507,700 |  16,784,100 |     276,400 |      1.7
Colorado .....................|   2,605,000 |   2,648,400 |      43,400 |      1.7
District of Columbia .........|     778,400 |     797,100 |      18,700 |      2.4
Florida ......................|   8,408,100 |   8,634,300 |     226,200 |      2.7
Georgia ......................|   4,383,600 |   4,479,800 |      96,200 |      2.2
Idaho ........................|     697,400 |     713,100 |      15,700 |      2.3
Kentucky .....................|   1,920,600 |   1,943,900 |      23,300 |      1.2
                              |             |             |             |       
Maryland .....................|   2,710,500 |   2,761,500 |      51,000 |      1.9
Massachusetts ................|   3,572,500 |   3,617,700 |      45,200 |      1.3
Michigan .....................|   4,331,500 |   4,393,900 |      62,400 |      1.4
Minnesota ....................|   2,899,400 |   2,959,800 |      60,400 |      2.1
Missouri .....................|   2,844,900 |   2,903,100 |      58,200 |      2.0
Nevada .......................|   1,307,000 |   1,342,700 |      35,700 |      2.7
New Hampshire ................|     668,000 |     679,900 |      11,900 |      1.8
New Jersey ...................|   4,085,000 |   4,132,300 |      47,300 |      1.2
New York .....................|   9,416,700 |   9,554,800 |     138,100 |      1.5
North Carolina ...............|   4,350,000 |   4,414,400 |      64,400 |      1.5
                              |             |             |             |       
Ohio .........................|   5,490,600 |   5,538,100 |      47,500 |       .9
Oregon .......................|   1,832,700 |   1,886,100 |      53,400 |      2.9
Pennsylvania .................|   5,892,200 |   5,953,800 |      61,600 |      1.0
Rhode Island .................|     490,700 |     499,200 |       8,500 |      1.7
South Carolina ...............|   2,062,200 |   2,092,000 |      29,800 |      1.4
Tennessee ....................|   2,971,800 |   3,020,900 |      49,100 |      1.7
Texas ........................|  12,032,900 |  12,326,300 |     293,400 |      2.4
Utah .........................|   1,432,400 |   1,468,700 |      36,300 |      2.5
Virginia .....................|   3,915,600 |   3,975,900 |      60,300 |      1.5
Washington ...................|   3,247,200 |   3,318,500 |      71,300 |      2.2
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   (p) = preliminary.



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