Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

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               REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JULY 2016


Unemployment rates were significantly higher in July in 7 states, lower in 3 states, and stable in 40 states and
the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Ten states and the District had
notable unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 3 states had increases, and 37 states had no significant
change. The national jobless rate was unchanged from 4.9 percent in June but was 0.4 percentage point lower than
in July 2015.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 15 states in July 2016, decreased in Kansas, and was essentially unchanged
in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year, 34 states added nonfarm payroll jobs, North Dakota and
Wyoming lost jobs, and 14 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Regional Unemployment

In July, two regions had unemployment rates significantly different than the U.S. rate of 4.9 percent: the
Midwest, at 4.5 percent, and West, at 5.3 percent. Over the month, the Midwest had the only statistically
significant unemployment rate change (-0.2 percentage point). Significant over-the-year rate decreases occurred
in three regions: the South (-0.5 percentage point), West (-0.4 point), and Northeast (-0.3 point). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest unemployment rate, 3.9 percent in
July, followed by New England, 4.3 percent. The Pacific had the highest rate, 5.4 percent. Over the month, the
East North Central had the only statistically significant jobless rate change (-0.3 percentage point). Four of
the 9 divisions had significant rate changes from a year earlier, all of which were declines. The largest of
these decreases occurred in the East South Central and South Atlantic (-0.8 percentage point each).

State Unemployment

South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in July, 2.8 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively.
Alaska had the highest unemployment rate, 6.7 percent. In total, 20 states had unemployment rates significantly
lower than the U.S. figure of 4.9 percent, 14 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 16 states
had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In July, seven states had statistically significant unemployment rate increases, the largest of which occurred in
Oregon (+0.4 percentage point). Three states had notable rate decreases, the largest of which occurred in
Illinois (-0.4 percentage point). The remaining 40 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.)

Ten states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from July 2015.
The largest declines were in Arkansas and Tennessee (-1.3 percentage points each), followed by West Virginia
(-1.2 points). The significant over-the-year rate increases occurred in Wyoming (+1.4 percentage points), Iowa
(+0.5 point), and North Dakota (+0.4 point). (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment 

Fifteen states had statistically significant over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll employment in July 2016.
The largest job gains occurred in New York (+37,500), California (+36,400), and Florida (+28,100). In percentage
terms, the largest increases occurred in North Dakota and Vermont (+1.0 percent each), followed by Maine (+0.7
percent). The only significant decrease in employment over the month occurred in Kansas (-5,600, or -0.4 percent).
(See tables D and 5.)

Thirty-six states had statistically significant over-the-year changes in nonfarm payroll employment in July, 34
of which were increases. The largest job gains occurred in California (+374,600), Florida (+250,200), and Texas
(+173,000). The largest percentage gain occurred in Idaho (+3.4 percent), followed by Oregon (+3.3 percent) and
Florida and Utah (+3.1 percent each). Two states had significant over-the-year declines in employment: North
Dakota (-9,900, or -2.2 percent) and Wyoming (-9,800, or -3.4 percent). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be released
on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news
release for August is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., July 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           4.9
                                     |
Alabama .............................|           5.7
Alaska ..............................|           6.7
Arizona .............................|           6.0
Arkansas ............................|           3.9
California ..........................|           5.5
Colorado ............................|           3.8
Connecticut .........................|           5.7
Delaware ............................|           4.3
District of Columbia ................|           5.9
Hawaii ..............................|           3.5
                                     |
Idaho ...............................|           3.8
Illinois ............................|           5.8
Iowa ................................|           4.1
Kansas ..............................|           4.1
Louisiana ...........................|           6.3
Maine ...............................|           3.9
Maryland ............................|           4.3
Massachusetts .......................|           4.1
Minnesota ...........................|           3.9
Mississippi .........................|           6.0
                                     |
Montana .............................|           4.2
Nebraska ............................|           3.1
Nevada ..............................|           6.5
New Hampshire .......................|           2.9
New Mexico ..........................|           6.4
North Dakota ........................|           3.1
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.6
South Dakota ........................|           2.8
Utah ................................|           3.9
Vermont .............................|           3.2
                                     |
Virginia ............................|           3.7
Washington ..........................|           5.8
West Virginia .......................|           5.7
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.2
Wyoming .............................|           5.7
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from June 2016 to July 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |    June   |   July    |    change(p)
                                |    2016   |  2016(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     6.0   |     5.7   |      -0.3
Illinois .......................|     6.2   |     5.8   |       -.4
Iowa ...........................|     4.0   |     4.1   |        .1
Kansas .........................|     3.8   |     4.1   |        .3
Maine ..........................|     3.7   |     3.9   |        .2
Missouri .......................|     4.5   |     4.7   |        .2
New Mexico .....................|     6.2   |     6.4   |        .2
North Carolina .................|     4.9   |     4.7   |       -.2
Oregon .........................|     4.8   |     5.2   |        .4
South Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     2.8   |        .1
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from July 2015 to July 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    July   |   July    |    change(p)
                                |    2015   |  2016(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     5.2   |     3.9   |      -1.3
California .....................|     6.1   |     5.5   |       -.6
District of Columbia ...........|     6.8   |     5.9   |       -.9
Georgia ........................|     5.7   |     5.0   |       -.7
Iowa ...........................|     3.6   |     4.1   |        .5
Maryland .......................|     5.1   |     4.3   |       -.8
New York .......................|     5.1   |     4.7   |       -.4
North Carolina .................|     5.7   |     4.7   |      -1.0
North Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     3.1   |        .4
Tennessee ......................|     5.6   |     4.3   |      -1.3
                                |           |           |
Vermont ........................|     3.7   |     3.2   |       -.5
Virginia .......................|     4.3   |     3.7   |       -.6
West Virginia ..................|     6.9   |     5.7   |      -1.2
Wyoming ........................|     4.3   |     5.7   |       1.4
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
June 2016 to July 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
           State              |     June    |     July    |---------------------------
                              |     2016    |    2016(p)  |    Level    |   Percent
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California ...................|  16,452,600 |  16,489,000 |      36,400 |      0.2
Colorado .....................|   2,602,000 |   2,616,000 |      14,000 |       .5
Florida ......................|   8,331,200 |   8,359,300 |      28,100 |       .3
Idaho ........................|     692,500 |     696,400 |       3,900 |       .6
Indiana ......................|   3,059,400 |   3,071,400 |      12,000 |       .4
Kansas .......................|   1,401,300 |   1,395,700 |      -5,600 |      -.4
Maine ........................|     614,100 |     618,100 |       4,000 |       .7
Michigan .....................|   4,330,200 |   4,346,100 |      15,900 |       .4
Minnesota ....................|   2,891,800 |   2,903,100 |      11,300 |       .4
New York .....................|   9,360,600 |   9,398,100 |      37,500 |       .4
                              |             |             |             |       
North Carolina ...............|   4,328,600 |   4,340,600 |      12,000 |       .3
North Dakota .................|     438,600 |     442,800 |       4,200 |      1.0
Texas ........................|  11,997,900 |  12,021,500 |      23,600 |       .2
Utah .........................|   1,418,100 |   1,424,900 |       6,800 |       .5
Vermont ......................|     315,700 |     318,700 |       3,000 |      1.0
Wisconsin ....................|   2,926,000 |   2,935,100 |       9,100 |       .3
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   p = preliminary.


Table E.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
July 2015 to July 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |     July    |      July   |---------------------------
                              |     2015    |     2016(p) |    Level    |    Percent
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Arizona ......................|   2,636,000 |   2,703,300 |      67,300 |      2.6
Arkansas .....................|   1,209,400 |   1,226,100 |      16,700 |      1.4
California ...................|  16,114,400 |  16,489,000 |     374,600 |      2.3
Colorado .....................|   2,541,800 |   2,616,000 |      74,200 |      2.9
Connecticut ..................|   1,672,800 |   1,693,000 |      20,200 |      1.2
Delaware .....................|     450,300 |     460,300 |      10,000 |      2.2
Florida ......................|   8,109,100 |   8,359,300 |     250,200 |      3.1
Georgia ......................|   4,270,200 |   4,386,400 |     116,200 |      2.7
Hawaii .......................|     636,700 |     650,800 |      14,100 |      2.2
Idaho ........................|     673,700 |     696,400 |      22,700 |      3.4
                              |             |             |             |       
Illinois .....................|   5,970,700 |   6,013,900 |      43,200 |       .7
Indiana ......................|   3,043,000 |   3,071,400 |      28,400 |       .9
Iowa .........................|   1,561,000 |   1,584,700 |      23,700 |      1.5
Maryland .....................|   2,661,300 |   2,714,500 |      53,200 |      2.0
Massachusetts ................|   3,506,500 |   3,572,000 |      65,500 |      1.9
Michigan .....................|   4,240,600 |   4,346,100 |     105,500 |      2.5
Minnesota ....................|   2,860,900 |   2,903,100 |      42,200 |      1.5
Nebraska .....................|   1,006,500 |   1,018,700 |      12,200 |      1.2
Nevada .......................|   1,258,200 |   1,290,100 |      31,900 |      2.5
New Jersey ...................|   4,025,900 |   4,081,700 |      55,800 |      1.4
                              |             |             |             |       
New York .....................|   9,283,800 |   9,398,100 |     114,300 |      1.2
North Carolina ...............|   4,246,500 |   4,340,600 |      94,100 |      2.2
North Dakota .................|     452,700 |     442,800 |      -9,900 |     -2.2
Ohio .........................|   5,427,500 |   5,506,300 |      78,800 |      1.5
Oregon .......................|   1,778,900 |   1,837,100 |      58,200 |      3.3
Pennsylvania .................|   5,833,100 |   5,891,100 |      58,000 |      1.0
South Carolina ...............|   2,007,200 |   2,053,300 |      46,100 |      2.3
South Dakota .................|     427,400 |     436,900 |       9,500 |      2.2
Tennessee ....................|   2,897,500 |   2,956,100 |      58,600 |      2.0
Texas ........................|  11,848,500 |  12,021,500 |     173,000 |      1.5
                              |             |             |             |       
Utah .........................|   1,382,600 |   1,424,900 |      42,300 |      3.1
Vermont ......................|     312,500 |     318,700 |       6,200 |      2.0
Virginia .....................|   3,857,100 |   3,914,300 |      57,200 |      1.5
Washington ...................|   3,155,500 |   3,249,900 |      94,400 |      3.0
Wisconsin ....................|   2,887,700 |   2,935,100 |      47,400 |      1.6
Wyoming ......................|     290,000 |     280,200 |      -9,800 |     -3.4
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   p = preliminary.



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