A data chart image of 21 states set historic lows in unemployment rates since 2010

21 states set historic lows in unemployment rates since 2010

May 23, 2019

Since 2010, a total of 21 states set historic lows in their unemployment rates. In April 2019, Pennsylvania (3.8 percent), Vermont (2.2 percent), and Wisconsin (2.8 percent) set new series lows. Vermont (2.2 percent) had the lowest unemployment rate in April 2019, while Alaska (6.5 percent) had the highest rate.

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May 22, 2019

A data chart image of Twenty-nine states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in April 2019

Twenty-nine states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in April 2019

From April 2018 to April 2019, 29 states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+294,200), California (+271,600), and Florida (+206,100).

May 21, 2019

A data chart image of Fuel import prices increased 6.9 percent over the year ending April 2019

Fuel import prices increased 6.9 percent over the year ending April 2019

Fuel import prices rose 6.9 percent for the year ending April 2019. Petroleum import prices increased 7.0 percent, and prices for natural gas declined 10.5 percent. The decrease in natural gas import prices was the largest over-the-year decline since a 27.3-percent drop from June 2017 to June 2018. From April 2018 to April 2019, petroleum export prices increased 2.9 percent and natural gas export prices increased 6.6 percent.

May 20, 2019

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Employment of young men after arrest or incarceration

Men born in the years 1980–84 who had a first incarceration lasting more than 6 months and ending at age 19 or older were much less likely to have jobs after their incarceration than other men. A little over one-third of these men had a job in the first few weeks after their release from jail or prison. By about 10 to 12 weeks after their release, about half had jobs. From then to week 78 (that is, a year and a half) after release, the share with jobs ranged between 50 and 58 percent.

May 17, 2019

A data chart image of Real average hourly earnings increased 1.2 percent over the 12 months ending April 2019

Real average hourly earnings increased 1.2 percent over the 12 months ending April 2019

Real average hourly earnings increased 1.2 percent from April 2018 to April 2019. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in a 0.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this 12-month period.

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