Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, December 19, 2014                 USDL-14-2251

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       REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- NOVEMBER 2014


Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in November. Forty-one 
states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from October, 
three states had increases, and six states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia 
had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, four states had increases, 
and three states had no change. The national jobless rate was unchanged from 
October at 5.8 percent and was 1.2 percentage points lower than in November 2013.

In November 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states and the 
District of Columbia, decreased in 12 states, and was unchanged in Idaho. The 
largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+90,100), 
Florida (+41,900), and Texas (+34,800). The largest over-the-month decrease in 
employment occurred in West Virginia (-5,200), followed by Mississippi (-4,500) 
and Kansas (-4,100). The largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment 
occurred in Vermont (+1.2 percent), followed by Hawaii (+0.9 percent) and Delaware, 
South Carolina, and Wisconsin (+0.7 percent each). The largest over-the-month 
percentage decline in employment occurred in West Virginia (-0.7 percent), followed 
by Mississippi (-0.4 percent) and Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming (-0.3 percent 
each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 48 states and the District of 
Columbia and decreased in Alaska (-0.4 percent) and Mississippi (-0.1 percent). 
The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+4.8 
percent), followed by Texas (+3.9 percent) and Utah (+3.4 percent).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In November, the West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate, 
6.4 percent, while the Midwest had the lowest rate, 5.4 percent. There were 
statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate changes in the Midwest 
and South (-0.2 percentage point each) and Northeast (-0.1 point). Significant 
over-the-year rate decreases occurred in all four regions: the Midwest (-1.5 
percentage points), Northeast (-1.3 points), West (-1.2 points), and South (-0.8 
point). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific had the highest jobless rate, 
6.9 percent in November. The West North Central again had the lowest rate, 4.3 
percent. Over the month, statistically significant jobless rate changes occurred 
in the Middle Atlantic and South Atlantic (-0.3 percentage point each) and the 
East North Central, East South Central, and West North Central (-0.2 point each). 
All nine divisions had significant rate declines from a year earlier. The 
largest of these decreases occurred in the East North Central (-1.9 percentage 
points).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate among the states in November, 7.3 
percent. The District of Columbia had a rate of 7.4 percent. North Dakota again 
had the lowest jobless rate, 2.7 percent. In total, 20 states had unemployment 
rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.8 percent, 8 states and the 
District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 22 states had rates that 
were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In November, 22 states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment 
rate changes, all of which were declines. North Carolina had the largest decrease 
(-0.5 percentage point), followed by Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, and Michigan 
(-0.4 point each). The remaining 28 states and the District of Columbia had 
jobless rates that were not measurably 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-eight states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes 
over the year, all of which were decreases. The largest of these occurred in 
Illinois (-2.6 percentage points). The remaining 22 states and the District of 
Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year 
earlier. (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In November 2014, 20 states and the District of Columbia had statistically 
significant over-the-month increases in employment, and 2 states had decreases. 
The largest significant job gains occurred in California (+90,100), Florida 
(+41,900), and Texas (+34,800). The significant job decreases occurred in West 
Virginia (-5,200) and Mississippi (-4,500). (See tables D and 5.)

Over the year, 34 states and the District had statistically significant changes 
in employment, all of which were positive. The largest significant over-the-year 
job increase occurred in Texas (+441,200), followed by California (+344,100) 
and Florida (+229,900). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for November is 
scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). 
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for December is 
scheduled to be released on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).



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      |       Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data Corrections         |
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      | This news release contains corrections to previously released      |
      | employment data in tables D, E, 5, and 6. A complete list of       |
      | corrections in this news release and in the CES (state and area)   |
      | database can be found at www.bls.gov/bls/errata/sae_errata.htm.    |
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      |      Upcoming Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data        |
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      | Effective with the release of January 2015 estimates on March 17,  |
      | 2015, all nonfarm payroll employment estimates for states          |
      | and areas presented in tables 5 and 6 of this news release will    |
      | be adjusted to 2014 benchmark levels. Seasonally adjusted series   |
      | will be subject to revision from 1990 forward. Not seasonally      |
      | adjusted payroll data back to April 2013 will also be subject to   |
      | revision.                                                          |
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      |     Upcoming Changes to Local Area Unemployment Statistics Data    |
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      | Effective with the release of Regional and State Unemployment 2014 |
      | Annual Averages on March 4, 2015, the civilian labor force and     |
      | unemployment data for regions, divisions, states, the District of  |
      | Columbia, and the modeled substate areas presented in tables 1-4   |
      | of this news release will be replaced with data produced using a   |
      | new generation of time-series models. Data will be re-estimated    |
      | back to January 1976 for regions, divisions, states, the District  |
      | of Columbia, the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metropolitan      |
      | division, New York City, and the balances of California and New    |
      | York states. Data for the five remaining modeled substate and      |
      | balance-of-state areas will be re-estimated back to their new      |
      | series beginnings in 1990 or 1994. Both seasonally adjusted and    |
      | not seasonally adjusted data will be affected. More information    |
      | is available in the "Report on Revision to State and Area Time-    |
      | Series Models" on the BLS website at                               |
      | www.bls.gov/lau/lauschanges2015.htm.                               |
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      | The revisions to model-based data at the state level and below     |
      | for 2013 and 2014 also will incorporate updated estimation         |
      | inputs, while the revisions for all model-based data from April    |
      | 2010 forward will reflect new population controls from the         |
      | U.S. Census Bureau.                                                |
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Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., November 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           5.8
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California ..........................|           7.2
Colorado ............................|           4.1
District of Columbia ................|           7.4
Georgia .............................|           7.2
Hawaii ..............................|           4.0
Idaho ...............................|           3.9
Iowa ................................|           4.3
Kansas ..............................|           4.3
Michigan ............................|           6.7
Minnesota ...........................|           3.7
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Mississippi .........................|           7.3
Montana .............................|           4.3
Nebraska ............................|           3.1
Nevada ..............................|           6.9
New Hampshire .......................|           4.1
North Dakota ........................|           2.7
Ohio ................................|           5.0
Oklahoma ............................|           4.4
Oregon ..............................|           7.0
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.1
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Rhode Island ........................|           7.1
South Dakota ........................|           3.3
Tennessee ...........................|           6.8
Texas ...............................|           4.9
Utah ................................|           3.6
Vermont .............................|           4.3
Virginia ............................|           5.0
Wisconsin ...........................|           5.2
Wyoming .............................|           4.5
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.
   
   
   
Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from October 2014 to November 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |  October  |  November |    change(p)
                                |    2014   |  2014(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     6.3   |     6.0   |      -0.3
Arkansas .......................|     6.1   |     5.8   |       -.3
Colorado .......................|     4.3   |     4.1   |       -.2
Delaware .......................|     6.4   |     6.0   |       -.4
Florida ........................|     6.0   |     5.8   |       -.2
Georgia ........................|     7.6   |     7.2   |       -.4
Idaho ..........................|     4.1   |     3.9   |       -.2
Iowa ...........................|     4.5   |     4.3   |       -.2
Kansas .........................|     4.4   |     4.3   |       -.1
Maryland .......................|     6.0   |     5.6   |       -.4
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Michigan .......................|     7.1   |     6.7   |       -.4
Minnesota ......................|     3.9   |     3.7   |       -.2
Missouri .......................|     5.9   |     5.6   |       -.3
Montana ........................|     4.5   |     4.3   |       -.2
Nebraska .......................|     3.4   |     3.1   |       -.3
North Carolina .................|     6.3   |     5.8   |       -.5
Ohio ...........................|     5.3   |     5.0   |       -.3
Pennsylvania ...................|     5.4   |     5.1   |       -.3
Tennessee ......................|     7.1   |     6.8   |       -.3
Texas ..........................|     5.1   |     4.9   |       -.2
Virginia .......................|     5.3   |     5.0   |       -.3
Wisconsin ......................|     5.4   |     5.2   |       -.2
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Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from November 2013 to November 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
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             State              |  November |  November |    change(p)
                                |    2013   |  2014(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     7.5   |     5.8   |      -1.7
California .....................|     8.4   |     7.2   |      -1.2
Colorado .......................|     6.3   |     4.1   |      -2.2
Connecticut ....................|     7.5   |     6.5   |      -1.0
Florida ........................|     6.5   |     5.8   |       -.7
Hawaii .........................|     4.7   |     4.0   |       -.7
Idaho ..........................|     5.7   |     3.9   |      -1.8
Illinois .......................|     9.0   |     6.4   |      -2.6
Indiana ........................|     6.9   |     5.7   |      -1.2
Kansas .........................|     5.0   |     4.3   |       -.7
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Kentucky .......................|     8.1   |     6.0   |      -2.1
Massachusetts ..................|     7.1   |     5.8   |      -1.3
Michigan .......................|     8.5   |     6.7   |      -1.8
Minnesota ......................|     4.8   |     3.7   |      -1.1
Montana ........................|     5.4   |     4.3   |      -1.1
Nebraska .......................|     3.7   |     3.1   |       -.6
Nevada .........................|     9.1   |     6.9   |      -2.2
New Hampshire ..................|     5.2   |     4.1   |      -1.1
New Jersey .....................|     7.4   |     6.4   |      -1.0
New York .......................|     7.1   |     5.9   |      -1.2
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North Carolina .................|     7.2   |     5.8   |      -1.4
Ohio ...........................|     7.2   |     5.0   |      -2.2
Oklahoma .......................|     5.5   |     4.4   |      -1.1
Pennsylvania ...................|     6.9   |     5.1   |      -1.8
Rhode Island ...................|     9.4   |     7.1   |      -2.3
Tennessee ......................|     7.9   |     6.8   |      -1.1
Texas ..........................|     6.1   |     4.9   |      -1.2
Wisconsin ......................|     6.4   |     5.2   |      -1.2
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Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
October 2014 to November 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |   October   |   November  | Over-the-month
           State              |     2014    |     2014(p) |    change(p)
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Arizona ......................|   2,591,700 |   2,600,900 |       9,200
Arkansas .....................|   1,194,300 |   1,201,900 |       7,600
California ...................|  15,560,400 |  15,650,500 |      90,100
Delaware .....................|     443,600 |     446,800 |       3,200
District of Columbia .........|     756,400 |     760,400 |       4,000
Florida ......................|   7,855,100 |   7,897,000 |      41,900
Georgia ......................|   4,152,700 |   4,163,800 |      11,100
Hawaii .......................|     626,600 |     632,000 |       5,400
Indiana ......................|   3,004,900 |   3,020,000 |      15,100
Massachusetts ................|   3,425,000 |   3,438,500 |      13,500
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Michigan .....................|   4,152,600 |   4,163,700 |      11,100
Mississippi ..................|   1,123,700 |   1,119,200 |      -4,500
New Mexico ...................|     821,800 |     825,800 |       4,000
North Carolina ...............|   4,186,500 |   4,202,900 |      16,400
Ohio .........................|   5,311,300 |   5,329,200 |      17,900
Oregon .......................|   1,731,100 |   1,742,300 |      11,200
Rhode Island .................|     476,900 |     479,700 |       2,800
South Carolina ...............|   1,951,200 |   1,965,400 |      14,200
Texas ........................|  11,707,400 |  11,742,200 |      34,800
Vermont ......................|     308,100 |     311,700 |       3,600
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Virginia .....................|   3,772,900 |   3,784,800 |      11,900
West Virginia ................|     777,200 |     772,000 |      -5,200
Wisconsin ....................|   2,875,000 |   2,895,900 |      20,900
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Table E. States with statistically significant employment changes from
November 2013 to November 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |   November  |   November  | Over-the-year
           State              |     2013    |     2014(p) |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,913,100 |   1,946,000 |      32,900
Arizona ......................|   2,534,200 |   2,600,900 |      66,700
Arkansas .....................|   1,184,300 |   1,201,900 |      17,600
California ...................|  15,306,400 |  15,650,500 |     344,100
Colorado .....................|   2,402,900 |   2,457,300 |      54,400
Connecticut ..................|   1,661,400 |   1,687,100 |      25,700
Delaware .....................|     433,600 |     446,800 |      13,200
District of Columbia .........|     747,800 |     760,400 |      12,600
Florida ......................|   7,667,100 |   7,897,000 |     229,900
Georgia ......................|   4,067,600 |   4,163,800 |      96,200
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Hawaii .......................|     622,300 |     632,000 |       9,700
Idaho ........................|     639,100 |     650,000 |      10,900
Indiana ......................|   2,964,000 |   3,020,000 |      56,000
Iowa .........................|   1,543,000 |   1,558,700 |      15,700
Kentucky .....................|   1,839,900 |   1,878,600 |      38,700
Louisiana ....................|   1,963,400 |   1,985,200 |      21,800
Massachusetts ................|   3,378,900 |   3,438,500 |      59,600
Michigan .....................|   4,124,400 |   4,163,700 |      39,300
Minnesota ....................|   2,799,800 |   2,854,000 |      54,200
Missouri .....................|   2,750,700 |   2,792,900 |      42,200
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Montana ......................|     449,900 |     456,100 |       6,200
Nevada .......................|   1,189,700 |   1,216,800 |      27,100
New Mexico ...................|     811,100 |     825,800 |      14,700
New York .....................|   8,959,000 |   9,042,800 |      83,800
North Carolina ...............|   4,096,500 |   4,202,900 |     106,400
North Dakota .................|     451,600 |     473,400 |      21,800
Ohio .........................|   5,264,000 |   5,329,200 |      65,200
Oklahoma .....................|   1,643,500 |   1,677,000 |      33,500
Oregon .......................|   1,691,500 |   1,742,300 |      50,800
South Carolina ...............|   1,916,500 |   1,965,400 |      48,900
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Tennessee ....................|   2,772,800 |   2,826,700 |      53,900
Texas ........................|  11,301,000 |  11,742,200 |     441,200
Utah .........................|   1,303,400 |   1,347,400 |      44,000
Washington ...................|   3,004,700 |   3,087,400 |      82,700
Wisconsin ....................|   2,841,300 |   2,895,900 |      54,600
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