State employment and unemployment, September 2011
October 28, 2011
Over the year—from September 2010 to September 2011—28 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment, 27 of which were increases. The largest increase occurred in California (+250,700), followed by Texas (+248,500), New York (+98,100), and Florida (+93,500). The only state with an over-the-year statistically significant decrease in employment was Delaware (−6,100).
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment occurred in North Dakota (+5.3 percent), followed by Utah and Wyoming (+3.0 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Delaware (−1.5 percent).
Nevada continued to report the highest unemployment rate among the states, 13.4 percent in September. California posted the next highest rate, 11.9 percent. North Dakota registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.5 percent, followed by Nebraska, 4.2 percent.
In total, 26 states reported jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 9.1 percent, 10 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 14 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) and Local Area Unemployment Statistics programs. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — September 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1503.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State employment and unemployment, September 2011 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20111028.htm (visited January 21, 2017).
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