Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, July 21, 2015	     USDL-15-1430

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       REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2015


Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in June. 
Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate 
decreases from May, 12 states had increases, and 17 states had no change, 
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-two states and 
the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year 
earlier, five states had increases, and three states had no change. The 
national jobless rate declined from May to 5.3 percent and was 0.8 
percentage point lower than in June 2014.

In June 2015, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 31 states, decreased 
in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in 2 states. 
The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in New York 
(+25,500), California (+23,000), and Texas (+16,700). The largest 
over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Illinois (-7,500), 
followed by New Jersey (-7,400) and Maryland (-6,200). The largest 
over-the-month percentage increases in employment occurred in South 
Dakota (+0.6 percent) and South Carolina (+0.5 percent), followed by 
Colorado, Kansas, and Virginia (+0.4 percent each). The largest 
over-the-month percentage declines in employment occurred in Alaska 
(-1.1 percent), Wyoming (-0.8 percent), and Idaho (-0.7 percent). Over 
the year, nonfarm employment increased in 48 states and the District of 
Columbia and decreased in 2 states. The largest over-the-year percentage 
increase occurred in Utah (+4.3 percent), followed by Nevada and 
Washington (+3.5 percent each). The over-the-year percentage decreases 
occurred in West Virginia (-1.2 percent) and Wyoming (-0.7 percent).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In June, the Midwest had the lowest regional unemployment rate, 5.0 
percent, while the West had the highest rate, 5.8 percent. Over the month, 
the Northeast had the only statistically significant unemployment rate 
change (-0.2 percentage point). Significant over-the-year rate decreases 
occurred in all four regions: the West (-0.9 percentage point), Midwest 
(-0.8 point), and Northeast and South (-0.7 point each). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest 
unemployment rate, 4.3 percent in June. The Pacific had the highest rate, 
6.1 percent. Over the month, the Middle Atlantic had the only statistically 
significant jobless rate change (-0.2 percentage point). All nine divisions 
had significant rate declines from a year earlier, with the largest of 
these decreases occurring in the East North Central, East South Central, 
New England, and Pacific (-1.1 percentage points each).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in June, 2.6 percent. West Virginia 
had the highest rate, 7.4 percent. In total, 18 states had unemployment 
rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.3 percent, 11 states 
and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 21 states 
had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. 
(See tables A and 3.)

In June, statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate 
declines occurred in New Jersey (-0.4 percentage point), Connecticut and 
the District of Columbia (-0.3 point each), and Florida and Indiana 
(-0.2 point each). The only significant over-the-month rate increase was 
in Oregon (+0.2 percentage point). The remaining 45 states 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.

Twenty-four states had statistically significant unemployment rate 
declines from June 2014, the largest of which occurred in Rhode Island 
(-1.8 percentage points). The only significant over-the-year rate 
increases occurred in North Dakota and South Dakota (+0.4 percentage point 
each). The remaining 24 states and the District of Columbia had rates that 
were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier. (See table B.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In June 2015, 11 states had statistically significant over-the-month 
changes in employment, 7 of which were positive. The largest significant 
job gains occurred in New York (+25,500), Virginia (+13,400), and Colorado 
(+11,300). The significant job decreases occurred in Idaho (-4,800), West 
Virginia (-4,500), Alaska (-3,900), and Wyoming (-2,200). (See tables C and 5.)

Over the year, 34 states had statistically significant changes in employment,
all of which were positive. The largest significant over-the-year job
increase occurred in California (+461,900), followed by Texas (+269,900) 
and Florida (+266,200). (See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for June 
2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 10:00 
a.m. (EDT). The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news 
release for July 2015 is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 21, 
2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


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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 C, D, 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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Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., June 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)       
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United States (1) ...................|           5.3
                                     |              
Alabama .............................|           6.1
Alaska ..............................|           6.8
California ..........................|           6.3
Colorado ............................|           4.4
Delaware ............................|           4.7
District of Columbia ................|           7.0
Georgia .............................|           6.1
Hawaii ..............................|           4.0
Idaho ...............................|           4.0
Iowa ................................|           3.7
                                     |              
Kansas ..............................|           4.5
Louisiana ...........................|           6.4
Minnesota ...........................|           3.9
Mississippi .........................|           6.6
Montana .............................|           3.9
Nebraska ............................|           2.6
Nevada ..............................|           6.9
New Hampshire .......................|           3.8
New Jersey ..........................|           6.1
New Mexico ..........................|           6.4
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North Dakota ........................|           3.1
Oklahoma ............................|           4.5
South Carolina ......................|           6.6
South Dakota ........................|           3.8
Texas ...............................|           4.2
Utah ................................|           3.5
Vermont .............................|           3.6
West Virginia .......................|           7.4
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.6
Wyoming .............................|           4.1
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.



Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from June 2014 to June 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |                
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year 
             State              |    June   |   June    |    change(p)   
                                |    2014   |  2015(p)  |                
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California .....................|     7.5   |     6.3   |      -1.2
Connecticut ....................|     6.5   |     5.7   |       -.8
Delaware .......................|     5.9   |     4.7   |      -1.2
Georgia ........................|     7.3   |     6.1   |      -1.2
Idaho ..........................|     4.9   |     4.0   |       -.9
Illinois .......................|     6.9   |     5.9   |      -1.0
Indiana ........................|     5.9   |     4.9   |      -1.0
Iowa ...........................|     4.4   |     3.7   |       -.7
Kentucky .......................|     6.5   |     5.1   |      -1.4
Maine ..........................|     5.7   |     4.7   |      -1.0
                                |           |           |          
Maryland .......................|     5.8   |     5.2   |       -.6
Massachusetts ..................|     5.7   |     4.6   |      -1.1
Michigan .......................|     7.1   |     5.5   |      -1.6
Mississippi ....................|     7.6   |     6.6   |      -1.0
Montana ........................|     4.7   |     3.9   |       -.8
Nebraska .......................|     3.3   |     2.6   |       -.7
New Hampshire ..................|     4.3   |     3.8   |       -.5
New York .......................|     6.3   |     5.5   |       -.8
North Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     3.1   |        .4
Oregon .........................|     7.0   |     5.5   |      -1.5
                                |           |           |          
Rhode Island ...................|     7.7   |     5.9   |      -1.8
South Dakota ...................|     3.4   |     3.8   |        .4
Texas ..........................|     5.0   |     4.2   |       -.8
Vermont ........................|     4.1   |     3.6   |       -.5
Washington .....................|     6.1   |     5.3   |       -.8
Wisconsin ......................|     5.4   |     4.6   |       -.8
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   p = preliminary.



Table C. States with statistically significant employment changes from
May 2015 to June 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     May     |    June     | Over-the-month
           State              |     2015    |   2015(p)   |   change(p)   
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Alaska .......................|     341,800 |     337,900 |      -3,900
Colorado .....................|   2,514,300 |   2,525,600 |      11,300
Idaho ........................|     676,700 |     671,900 |      -4,800
Kansas .......................|   1,397,900 |   1,403,600 |       5,700
Massachusetts ................|   3,475,600 |   3,486,100 |      10,500
New York .....................|   9,215,500 |   9,241,000 |      25,500
South Carolina ...............|   1,991,800 |   2,002,400 |      10,600
South Dakota .................|     430,600 |     433,100 |       2,500
Virginia .....................|   3,811,100 |   3,824,500 |      13,400
West Virginia ................|     757,700 |     753,200 |      -4,500
Wyoming ......................|     293,300 |     291,100 |      -2,200
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   p = preliminary.



Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
June 2014 to June 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |    June     |    June     | Over-the-year 
           State              |    2014     |   2015(p)   |   change(p)   
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Alabama ......................|   1,918,900 |   1,945,200 |      26,300
Arizona ......................|   2,562,700 |   2,615,100 |      52,400
Arkansas .....................|   1,188,100 |   1,211,400 |      23,300
California ...................|  15,607,200 |  16,069,100 |     461,900
Colorado .....................|   2,460,200 |   2,525,600 |      65,400
Connecticut ..................|   1,664,900 |   1,691,900 |      27,000
Delaware .....................|     438,100 |     445,400 |       7,300
Florida ......................|   7,804,600 |   8,070,800 |     266,200
Georgia ......................|   4,148,000 |   4,254,000 |     106,000
Hawaii .......................|     624,000 |     633,600 |       9,600
                              |             |             |            
Idaho ........................|     655,000 |     671,900 |      16,900
Illinois .....................|   5,872,700 |   5,920,200 |      47,500
Indiana ......................|   2,984,000 |   3,044,200 |      60,200
Iowa .........................|   1,547,200 |   1,570,600 |      23,400
Kentucky .....................|   1,854,100 |   1,894,200 |      40,100
Maryland .....................|   2,620,200 |   2,659,100 |      38,900
Massachusetts ................|   3,413,400 |   3,486,100 |      72,700
Michigan .....................|   4,188,100 |   4,278,700 |      90,600
Minnesota ....................|   2,817,700 |   2,854,500 |      36,800
Nevada .......................|   1,213,700 |   1,256,100 |      42,400
                              |             |             |            
New Jersey ...................|   3,963,100 |   4,004,700 |      41,600
New York .....................|   9,087,400 |   9,241,000 |     153,600
North Carolina ...............|   4,140,500 |   4,238,000 |      97,500
Ohio .........................|   5,324,900 |   5,396,700 |      71,800
Oregon .......................|   1,716,200 |   1,771,200 |      55,000
Pennsylvania .................|   5,789,400 |   5,847,400 |      58,000
South Carolina ...............|   1,945,800 |   2,002,400 |      56,600
South Dakota .................|     423,300 |     433,100 |       9,800
Tennessee ....................|   2,806,900 |   2,868,000 |      61,100
Texas ........................|  11,533,200 |  11,803,100 |     269,900
                              |             |             |            
Utah .........................|   1,324,500 |   1,381,400 |      56,900
Virginia .....................|   3,774,900 |   3,824,500 |      49,600
Washington ...................|   3,065,900 |   3,172,700 |     106,800
Wisconsin ....................|   2,843,700 |   2,882,000 |      38,300
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