State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, July 21, 2017                    USDL-17-1014

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                STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2017


Unemployment rates were lower in June in 10 states, higher in 2 states, and stable 
in 38 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, 4.4 percent, was little changed from May but was 0.5 percentage point lower 
than in June 2016.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 14 states in June 2017 and was essentially 
unchanged in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year, 33 states added 
nonfarm payroll jobs and 17 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Unemployment

Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates in June, 2.3 percent 
each. The rates in North Dakota (2.3 percent) and Tennessee (3.6 percent) set new 
series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless 
rate, 6.8 percent, followed by New Mexico, 6.4 percent. In total, 19 states had 
unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 4.4 percent, 5 states and the 
District of Columbia had higher rates, and 26 states had rates that were not 
appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 1.)

In June, 10 states had unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which were in 
Michigan and Tennessee (-0.4 percentage point each). Two states had notable rate 
increases: Maine (+0.3 percentage point) and Utah (+0.2 point). The remaining 38 
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. (See table B.)

Twenty-seven states had unemployment rate changes from June 2016, all of which were 
decreases. The largest of these declines occurred in Wyoming (-1.6 percentage points) 
and Indiana (-1.5 points), closely followed by Oregon and West Virginia (-1.4 points 
each). (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Fourteen states had over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll employment in 
June 2017. The largest increase in employment over the month occurred in Texas 
(+40,200), followed by Georgia (+27,400) and New York (+26,000). In percentage 
terms, the largest increase occurred in Nevada (+0.8 percent), followed by Iowa 
(+0.7 percent) and Georgia, Nebraska, and West Virginia (+0.6 percent each). 
(See tables D and 3.)

Thirty-three states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in 
June. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+319,300), California (+261,400), 
and Florida (+238,600). The largest percentage gain occurred in Nevada (+3.8 
percent), followed by Utah (+3.0 percent) and Florida (+2.9 percent). 
(See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for June is 
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The 
State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be released 
on Friday, August 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., June 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           4.4
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           6.8
Arkansas ............................|           3.4
Colorado ............................|           2.3
District of Columbia ................|           6.2
Hawaii ..............................|           2.7
Idaho ...............................|           3.1
Indiana .............................|           3.0
Iowa ................................|           3.2
Kansas ..............................|           3.7
Louisiana ...........................|           5.5
                                     |
Maine ...............................|           3.5
Minnesota ...........................|           3.7
Nebraska ............................|           2.9
New Hampshire .......................|           2.9
New Mexico ..........................|           6.4
North Dakota ........................|           2.3
Ohio ................................|           5.0
Oregon ..............................|           3.7
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.0
South Dakota ........................|           3.0
                                     |
Tennessee ...........................|           3.6
Utah ................................|           3.4
Vermont .............................|           3.2
Virginia ............................|           3.7
Wisconsin ...........................|           3.1
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   (1) Data are not preliminary.
   (p) = preliminary.
  
  
Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from May 2017 to June 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |    May    |    June   |    change(p)
                                |    2017   |   2017(p) |
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Alabama ........................|     4.9   |     4.6   |      -0.3
Florida ........................|     4.3   |     4.1   |       -.2
Idaho ..........................|     3.2   |     3.1   |       -.1
Maine ..........................|     3.2   |     3.5   |        .3
Michigan .......................|     4.2   |     3.8   |       -.4
New Mexico .....................|     6.6   |     6.4   |       -.2
North Carolina .................|     4.5   |     4.2   |       -.3
North Dakota ...................|     2.5   |     2.3   |       -.2
Tennessee ......................|     4.0   |     3.6   |       -.4
Texas ..........................|     4.8   |     4.6   |       -.2
Utah ...........................|     3.2   |     3.4   |        .2
Wyoming ........................|     4.1   |     3.9   |       -.2
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from June 2016 to June 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    June   |    June   |    change(p)
                                |    2016   |   2017(p) |
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Alabama ........................|     5.8   |     4.6   |      -1.2
Arkansas .......................|     4.1   |     3.4   |       -.7
California .....................|     5.5   |     4.7   |       -.8
Colorado .......................|     3.4   |     2.3   |      -1.1
Florida ........................|     4.9   |     4.1   |       -.8
Idaho ..........................|     3.8   |     3.1   |       -.7
Illinois .......................|     5.9   |     4.7   |      -1.2
Indiana ........................|     4.5   |     3.0   |      -1.5
Iowa ...........................|     3.8   |     3.2   |       -.6
Kansas .........................|     4.2   |     3.7   |       -.5
                                |           |           |
Michigan .......................|     4.8   |     3.8   |      -1.0
Mississippi ....................|     5.9   |     5.0   |       -.9
Missouri .......................|     4.7   |     3.8   |       -.9
Nevada .........................|     5.7   |     4.7   |      -1.0
New Jersey .....................|     5.1   |     4.1   |      -1.0
New York .......................|     4.9   |     4.5   |       -.4
North Carolina .................|     4.9   |     4.2   |       -.7
North Dakota ...................|     3.2   |     2.3   |       -.9
Oklahoma .......................|     5.0   |     4.3   |       -.7
Oregon .........................|     5.1   |     3.7   |      -1.4
                                |           |           |
Rhode Island ...................|     5.4   |     4.2   |      -1.2
South Carolina .................|     4.9   |     4.0   |       -.9
Tennessee ......................|     4.7   |     3.6   |      -1.1
Washington .....................|     5.5   |     4.5   |      -1.0
West Virginia ..................|     6.0   |     4.6   |      -1.4
Wisconsin ......................|     4.2   |     3.1   |      -1.1
Wyoming ........................|     5.5   |     3.9   |      -1.6
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Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
May 2017 to June 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
            State             |     May     |     June    |---------------------------
                              |     2017    |     2017(p) |    Level    |   Percent
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Alabama ......................|   2,003,000 |   2,010,700 |       7,700 |      0.4
Connecticut ..................|   1,687,200 |   1,694,200 |       7,000 |       .4
Georgia ......................|   4,468,600 |   4,496,000 |      27,400 |       .6
Indiana ......................|   3,110,600 |   3,121,600 |      11,000 |       .4
Iowa .........................|   1,580,600 |   1,591,800 |      11,200 |       .7
Maryland .....................|   2,744,100 |   2,757,400 |      13,300 |       .5
Missouri .....................|   2,874,400 |   2,886,300 |      11,900 |       .4
Nebraska .....................|   1,024,500 |   1,031,000 |       6,500 |       .6
Nevada .......................|   1,331,500 |   1,342,100 |      10,600 |       .8
New York .....................|   9,504,800 |   9,530,800 |      26,000 |       .3
                              |             |             |             |       
North Carolina ...............|   4,394,300 |   4,406,900 |      12,600 |       .3
Oregon .......................|   1,871,500 |   1,880,000 |       8,500 |       .5
Texas ........................|  12,266,100 |  12,306,300 |      40,200 |       .3
West Virginia ................|     742,600 |     747,100 |       4,500 |       .6
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table E. States with statistically significant employment changes from
June 2016 to June 2017, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |     June    |     June    |---------------------------
                              |     2016    |     2017(p) |    Level    |    Percent
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Alabama ......................|   1,970,100 |   2,010,700 |      40,600 |      2.1
Arizona ......................|   2,696,500 |   2,753,400 |      56,900 |      2.1
Arkansas .....................|   1,224,900 |   1,249,800 |      24,900 |      2.0
California ...................|  16,441,900 |  16,703,300 |     261,400 |      1.6
Colorado .....................|   2,592,100 |   2,647,000 |      54,900 |      2.1
Florida ......................|   8,364,100 |   8,602,700 |     238,600 |      2.9
Georgia ......................|   4,373,400 |   4,496,000 |     122,600 |      2.8
Idaho ........................|     694,000 |     709,200 |      15,200 |      2.2
Illinois .....................|   5,995,000 |   6,049,100 |      54,100 |       .9
Indiana ......................|   3,076,400 |   3,121,600 |      45,200 |      1.5
                              |             |             |             |       
Iowa .........................|   1,566,200 |   1,591,800 |      25,600 |      1.6
Kentucky .....................|   1,908,600 |   1,939,500 |      30,900 |      1.6
Maryland .....................|   2,701,300 |   2,757,400 |      56,100 |      2.1
Massachusetts ................|   3,551,100 |   3,617,000 |      65,900 |      1.9
Michigan .....................|   4,322,200 |   4,383,000 |      60,800 |      1.4
Minnesota ....................|   2,884,600 |   2,947,200 |      62,600 |      2.2
Missouri .....................|   2,839,700 |   2,886,300 |      46,600 |      1.6
Nebraska .....................|   1,014,800 |   1,031,000 |      16,200 |      1.6
Nevada .......................|   1,293,400 |   1,342,100 |      48,700 |      3.8
New Hampshire ................|     666,200 |     677,200 |      11,000 |      1.7
                              |             |             |             |       
New Jersey ...................|   4,069,900 |   4,118,200 |      48,300 |      1.2
New York .....................|   9,382,500 |   9,530,800 |     148,300 |      1.6
North Carolina ...............|   4,334,700 |   4,406,900 |      72,200 |      1.7
Ohio .........................|   5,472,000 |   5,528,800 |      56,800 |      1.0
Oregon .......................|   1,829,800 |   1,880,000 |      50,200 |      2.7
Pennsylvania .................|   5,862,400 |   5,936,400 |      74,000 |      1.3
South Carolina ...............|   2,050,300 |   2,080,000 |      29,700 |      1.4
Tennessee ....................|   2,958,900 |   3,018,200 |      59,300 |      2.0
Texas ........................|  11,987,000 |  12,306,300 |     319,300 |      2.7
Utah .........................|   1,424,700 |   1,468,100 |      43,400 |      3.0
                              |             |             |             |       
Virginia .....................|   3,911,900 |   3,961,900 |      50,000 |      1.3
Washington ...................|   3,238,800 |   3,315,200 |      76,400 |      2.4
Wisconsin ....................|   2,916,800 |   2,955,200 |      38,400 |      1.3
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