Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Monday, August 18, 2014                        USDL-14-1546

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         REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JULY 2014


Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in July. Thirty
states had unemployment rate increases from June, 8 states had decreases, and 12
states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate
decreases from a year earlier and one state had an increase. The national jobless rate
was little changed from June at 6.2 percent but was 1.1 percentage points lower than
in July 2013.

In July 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 36 states and the District of
Columbia, decreased in 13 states, and was unchanged in Iowa. The largest over-the-month
increases in employment occurred in Texas (+46,600), California (+27,700), and Michigan
(+17,900). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-12,400),
followed by Maryland (-9,000) and South Carolina (-4,600). The largest over-the-month
percentage increase in employment occurred in Montana (+0.7 percent), followed by
Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, and Utah (+0.5 percent each). The largest over-
the-month percentage decline in employment occurred in West Virginia (-0.4 percent),
followed by Maryland (-0.3 percent) and Ohio and South Carolina (-0.2 percent each).
Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia
and decreased in Alaska (-0.7 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage increase
occurred in North Dakota (+4.4 percent), followed by Nevada (+3.8 percent) and Utah
(+3.6 percent).

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|	      Changes to Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data		 |
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|  Effective with the release of July 2014 data in this news release, the CES	 |
|  survey began implementing new sample units into production on a quarterly	 |
|  basis, replacing the practice of implementing new sample units annually.	 |
|  There was no change to the CES survey sample design. More information about	 |
|  the quarterly sample implementation is available at 				 |
|  www.bls.gov/ces/cesqsi.htm.							 |
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Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In July, the West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate, 6.6 percent,
while the Midwest again had the lowest rate, 5.9 percent. The South had the only statistically
significant over-the-month unemployment rate change (+0.1 percentage point). Significant
over-the-year rate decreases occurred in all four regions: the Northeast and West (-1.5
percentage points each), Midwest (-1.4 points), and South (-1.0 point). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the East South Central had the highest unemployment
rate, 7.3 percent in July. The West North Central again had the lowest rate, 4.9 percent.
Over the month, the South Atlantic had the only statistically significant jobless rate
change (+0.1 percentage point). Seven divisions had significant rate changes from a year
earlier, all of which were declines. The largest of these decreases occurred in the East
North Central (-1.8 percentage points) and Middle Atlantic and Pacific (-1.5 points each).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate among the states in July, 8.0 percent. North
Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.8 percent. In total, 18 states had unemployment
rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 6.2 percent, 8 states and the District of
Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 24 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 over-the-month unemployment rate
increases: Tennessee (+0.5 percentage point); Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming (+0.4
point each); Maryland and Vermont (+0.3 point each); and Iowa (+0.1 point). The remaining
43 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.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment
rate changes over the year, all of which were decreases. The largest of these declines
occurred in Illinois (-2.4 percentage points), Nevada (-2.2 points), and South Carolina 
(-2.0 points). The remaining 21 states had rates that were not appreciably different from
those of a year earlier. (See table B.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In July, 15 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes in employment, 14
of which were increases. The largest statistically significant job gains occurred in Texas
(+46,600), California (+27,700), and Michigan (+17,900). The only statistically significant
job decrease occurred in Maryland (-9,000). (See tables C and 5.)

Over the year, 30 states had statistically significant changes in employment, all of which
were positive. The largest over-the-year job increase occurred in Texas (+396,200), followed
by California (+323,600) and Florida (+208,500). (See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for July is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for August is
scheduled to be released on Friday, September 19, 2014, 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 listing 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., July 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           6.2
                                     |
California ..........................|           7.4
Colorado ............................|           5.3
District of Columbia ................|           7.4
Georgia .............................|           7.8
Hawaii ..............................|           4.4
Idaho ...............................|           4.8
Iowa ................................|           4.5
Kansas ..............................|           4.9
Kentucky ............................|           7.4
Maine ...............................|           5.5
                                     |
Michigan ............................|           7.7
Minnesota ...........................|           4.5
Mississippi .........................|           8.0
Montana .............................|           4.6
Nebraska ............................|           3.6
Nevada ..............................|           7.7
New Hampshire .......................|           4.4
North Dakota ........................|           2.8
Oklahoma ............................|           4.6
Rhode Island ........................|           7.7
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South Dakota ........................|           3.7
Tennessee ...........................|           7.1
Texas ...............................|           5.1
Utah ................................|           3.6
Vermont .............................|           3.7
Virginia ............................|           5.4
Wyoming .............................|           4.4
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from July 2013 to July 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    July   |   July    |    change(p)
                                |    2013   |  2014(p)  |
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Arkansas .......................|     7.7   |     6.2   |      -1.5
California .....................|     9.0   |     7.4   |      -1.6
Colorado .......................|     6.8   |     5.3   |      -1.5
Connecticut ....................|     7.9   |     6.6   |      -1.3
District of Columbia ...........|     8.4   |     7.4   |      -1.0
Florida ........................|     7.3   |     6.2   |      -1.1
Idaho ..........................|     6.3   |     4.8   |      -1.5
Illinois .......................|     9.2   |     6.8   |      -2.4
Indiana ........................|     7.6   |     5.9   |      -1.7
Kentucky .......................|     8.4   |     7.4   |      -1.0
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Maine ..........................|     6.7   |     5.5   |      -1.2
Massachusetts ..................|     7.2   |     5.6   |      -1.6
Michigan .......................|     9.0   |     7.7   |      -1.3
Minnesota ......................|     5.1   |     4.5   |       -.6
Montana ........................|     5.7   |     4.6   |      -1.1
Nevada .........................|     9.9   |     7.7   |      -2.2
New Hampshire ..................|     5.3   |     4.4   |       -.9
New Jersey .....................|     8.3   |     6.5   |      -1.8
New York .......................|     7.7   |     6.6   |      -1.1
North Carolina .................|     8.1   |     6.5   |      -1.6
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Ohio ...........................|     7.5   |     5.7   |      -1.8
Pennsylvania ...................|     7.5   |     5.7   |      -1.8
Rhode Island ...................|     9.6   |     7.7   |      -1.9
South Carolina .................|     7.7   |     5.7   |      -2.0
Tennessee ......................|     8.4   |     7.1   |      -1.3
Texas ..........................|     6.4   |     5.1   |      -1.3
Utah ...........................|     4.5   |     3.6   |       -.9
Vermont ........................|     4.5   |     3.7   |       -.8
Washington .....................|     7.0   |     5.6   |      -1.4
Wisconsin ......................|     6.8   |     5.8   |      -1.0
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
June 2014 to July 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     June    |    July     | Over-the-month
           State              |     2014    |   2014(p)   |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,912,900 |   1,919,800 |       6,900
Arizona ......................|   2,558,600 |   2,572,500 |      13,900
California ...................|  15,464,800 |  15,492,500 |      27,700
Kentucky .....................|   1,854,600 |   1,863,700 |       9,100
Louisiana ....................|   1,973,600 |   1,981,300 |       7,700
Maryland .....................|   2,619,200 |   2,610,200 |      -9,000
Massachusetts ................|   3,408,300 |   3,422,100 |      13,800
Michigan .....................|   4,143,600 |   4,161,500 |      17,900
Missouri .....................|   2,768,400 |   2,781,600 |      13,200
Montana ......................|     454,800 |     457,900 |       3,100
                              |             |             |            
New Mexico ...................|     807,600 |     812,000 |       4,400
North Carolina ...............|   4,124,000 |   4,139,800 |      15,800
Texas ........................|  11,561,200 |  11,607,800 |      46,600
Utah .........................|   1,332,200 |   1,338,300 |       6,100
Virginia .....................|   3,774,900 |   3,788,200 |      13,300
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
July 2013 to July 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     July    |    July     | Over-the-year
           State              |     2013    |   2014(p)   |    change(p)
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Arizona ......................|   2,512,600 |   2,572,500 |      59,900
Arkansas .....................|   1,173,700 |   1,188,900 |      15,200
California ...................|  15,168,900 |  15,492,500 |     323,600
Colorado .....................|   2,386,600 |   2,452,200 |      65,600
Delaware .....................|     427,800 |     439,500 |      11,700
Florida ......................|   7,587,400 |   7,795,900 |     208,500
Georgia ......................|   4,038,200 |   4,108,400 |      70,200
Illinois .....................|   5,788,900 |   5,824,500 |      35,600
Indiana ......................|   2,925,500 |   2,991,300 |      65,800
Iowa .........................|   1,533,700 |   1,550,200 |      16,500
                              |             |             |            
Kentucky .....................|   1,837,400 |   1,863,700 |      26,300
Louisiana ....................|   1,949,500 |   1,981,300 |      31,800
Massachusetts ................|   3,354,800 |   3,422,100 |      67,300
Michigan .....................|   4,102,300 |   4,161,500 |      59,200
Minnesota ....................|   2,770,300 |   2,814,600 |      44,300
Missouri .....................|   2,728,000 |   2,781,600 |      53,600
Montana ......................|     449,100 |     457,900 |       8,800
Nevada .......................|   1,172,800 |   1,217,400 |      44,600
New York .....................|   8,927,400 |   9,042,200 |     114,800
North Carolina ...............|   4,050,800 |   4,139,800 |      89,000
                              |             |             |            
North Dakota .................|     445,500 |     465,300 |      19,800
Oklahoma .....................|   1,633,500 |   1,663,700 |      30,200
Oregon .......................|   1,674,200 |   1,717,600 |      43,400
Pennsylvania .................|   5,738,900 |   5,793,000 |      54,100
South Carolina ...............|   1,896,100 |   1,928,400 |      32,300
Tennessee ....................|   2,748,800 |   2,800,700 |      51,900
Texas ........................|  11,211,600 |  11,607,800 |     396,200
Utah .........................|   1,292,100 |   1,338,300 |      46,200
Washington ...................|   2,993,500 |   3,062,100 |      68,600
Wisconsin ....................|   2,814,900 |   2,859,900 |      45,000
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