Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, June 20, 2014	                 USDL-14-1139

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	       REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MAY 2014


Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in May.
Twenty states had unemployment rate decreases from April, 16 states had
increases, and 14 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 held at 6.3 percent
in May but was 1.2 percentage points lower than in May 2013.

In May 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 36 states and the
District of Columbia and decreased in 14 states. The largest over-the-month
increases in employment occurred in Texas (+56,400), Pennsylvania (+24,700),
and New York (+23,400). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment
occurred in Florida (-17,900), followed by Arizona (-8,400) and Illinois
(-2,600). The largest over-the-month percentage increases in employment
occurred in West Virginia (+1.5 percent), Maine (+0.8 percent), and Delaware
(+0.7 percent). The largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment
occurred in South Dakota (-0.5 percent), followed by Arizona, New Hampshire,
and Wyoming (-0.3 percent each). 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 North Dakota (+4.6
percent), followed by Nevada (+3.9 percent) and Texas (+3.4 percent). The
only over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in New Mexico
(-0.1 percent) and New Jersey (which declined by less than 0.05 percent).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In May, the West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate,
6.9 percent, while the Midwest and South had the lowest rates, 6.0 percent
each. The West 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 (-1.4 percentage
points) and Midwest, South, and West (-1.2 points each). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific continued to have the
highest jobless rate, 7.3 percent in May. The West North Central again had
the lowest rate, 5.0 percent. Over the month, the South Atlantic had the
only statistically significant unemployment rate change (+0.2 percentage
point). Eight 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 (-1.7 percentage points) and Middle Atlantic (-1.4 points).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Rhode Island again had the highest unemployment rate among the states in May,
8.2 percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.6 percent. In
total, 21 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S.
figure of 6.3 percent, 8 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 May, five states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment
rate declines: Illinois and Massachusetts (-0.4 percentage point each) and
California, Montana, and Utah (-0.2 point each). Georgia and Virginia had the
only significant over-the-month rate increases (+0.3 and +0.2 percentage
point, respectively). 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. 

Thirty-two states had statistically significant jobless rate changes over the
year, all of which were decreases. The largest of these occurred in South
Carolina (-2.6 percentage points) and Nevada (-2.2 points). The remaining 18
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 May 2014, 20 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes
in employment, 17 of which were increases. The largest statistically
significant job gains occurred in Texas (+56,400), Pennsylvania (+24,700),
and New York (+23,400). The three statistically significant job decreases
occurred in Florida (-17,900), Arizona (-8,400), and South Dakota (-2,300).
(See tables C and 5.)

Over the year, 31 states had statistically significant changes in employment,
all of which were positive. The largest over-the-year job increase occurred
in Texas (+383,100), followed by California (+340,200) and Florida (+218,800).
(See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for May
is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for June
is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 18, 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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|	 Upcoming Changes to Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data	    |
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| Effective with the release of July 2014 data on August 18, 2014, the CES  |
| survey will implement new sample units into production on a quarterly	    |
| basis, replacing the current practice of implementing new sample units    |
| annually. There is no change to the CES survey sample design. More	    |
| information about the quarterly sample implementation is available at	    |
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Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., May 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           6.3
                                     |
California ..........................|           7.6
District of Columbia ................|           7.5
Georgia .............................|           7.2
Hawaii ..............................|           4.4
Idaho ...............................|           4.9
Illinois ............................|           7.5
Iowa ................................|           4.4
Kansas ..............................|           4.8
Kentucky ............................|           7.7
Louisiana ...........................|           4.9
                                     |
Maryland ............................|           5.6
Michigan ............................|           7.5
Minnesota ...........................|           4.6
Mississippi .........................|           7.7
Montana .............................|           4.6
Nebraska ............................|           3.6
Nevada ..............................|           7.9
New Hampshire .......................|           4.4
North Dakota ........................|           2.6
Ohio ................................|           5.5
                                     |
Oklahoma ............................|           4.6
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.6
Rhode Island ........................|           8.2
South Carolina ......................|           5.3
South Dakota ........................|           3.8
Texas ...............................|           5.1
Utah ................................|           3.6
Vermont .............................|           3.3
Virginia ............................|           5.1
Wyoming .............................|           3.8
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from May 2013 to May 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    May    |    May    |    change(p)
                                |    2013   |  2014(p)  |
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Arizona ........................|     8.0   |     6.8   |      -1.2
Arkansas .......................|     7.5   |     6.4   |      -1.1
California .....................|     9.0   |     7.6   |      -1.4
Colorado .......................|     6.9   |     5.8   |      -1.1
Delaware .......................|     6.8   |     5.9   |       -.9
Florida ........................|     7.5   |     6.3   |      -1.2
Georgia ........................|     8.4   |     7.2   |      -1.2
Idaho ..........................|     6.4   |     4.9   |      -1.5
Illinois .......................|     9.2   |     7.5   |      -1.7
Indiana ........................|     7.7   |     5.7   |      -2.0
                                |           |           |
Kansas .........................|     5.6   |     4.8   |       -.8
Louisiana ......................|     6.4   |     4.9   |      -1.5
Maine ..........................|     6.7   |     5.7   |      -1.0
Maryland .......................|     6.7   |     5.6   |      -1.1
Massachusetts ..................|     7.0   |     5.6   |      -1.4
Michigan .......................|     8.9   |     7.5   |      -1.4
Montana ........................|     5.7   |     4.6   |      -1.1
Nevada .........................|    10.1   |     7.9   |      -2.2
New Hampshire ..................|     5.2   |     4.4   |       -.8
New Jersey .....................|     8.4   |     6.8   |      -1.6
                                |           |           |
New York .......................|     7.8   |     6.7   |      -1.1
North Carolina .................|     8.3   |     6.4   |      -1.9
Ohio ...........................|     7.4   |     5.5   |      -1.9
Pennsylvania ...................|     7.5   |     5.6   |      -1.9
Rhode Island ...................|     9.5   |     8.2   |      -1.3
South Carolina .................|     7.9   |     5.3   |      -2.6
Tennessee ......................|     8.4   |     6.4   |      -2.0
Texas ..........................|     6.4   |     5.1   |      -1.3
Utah ...........................|     4.5   |     3.6   |       -.9
Vermont ........................|     4.3   |     3.3   |      -1.0
Washington .....................|     7.0   |     6.1   |       -.9
Wisconsin ......................|     6.8   |     5.7   |      -1.1
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
April 2014 to May 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |    April    |     May     | Over-the-month
           State              |    2014     |    2014(p)  |    change(p)
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Arizona ......................|   2,549,700 |   2,541,300 |      -8,400
Colorado .....................|   2,434,700 |   2,443,800 |       9,100
Connecticut ..................|   1,659,700 |   1,665,500 |       5,800
Delaware .....................|     433,700 |     436,600 |       2,900
Florida ......................|   7,779,800 |   7,761,900 |     -17,900
Georgia ......................|   4,091,500 |   4,104,400 |      12,900
Iowa .........................|   1,542,500 |   1,548,700 |       6,200
Kentucky .....................|   1,842,000 |   1,849,500 |       7,500
Louisiana ....................|   1,959,700 |   1,968,200 |       8,500
Maine ........................|     605,400 |     610,300 |       4,900
                              |             |             |            
Massachusetts ................|   3,395,500 |   3,404,600 |       9,100
Michigan .....................|   4,107,800 |   4,124,900 |      17,100
Minnesota ....................|   2,806,700 |   2,817,000 |      10,300
New Mexico ...................|     807,900 |     812,800 |       4,900
New York .....................|   8,988,000 |   9,011,400 |      23,400
Pennsylvania .................|   5,770,200 |   5,794,900 |      24,700
South Dakota .................|     421,300 |     419,000 |      -2,300
Texas ........................|  11,475,400 |  11,531,800 |      56,400
Utah .........................|   1,319,400 |   1,325,000 |       5,600
West Virginia ................|     771,200 |     783,100 |      11,900
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
May 2013 to May 2014, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     May     |    May      | Over-the-year
           State              |    2013     |   2014(p)   |    change(p)
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Arizona ......................|   2,511,200 |   2,541,300 |      30,100
Arkansas .....................|   1,175,100 |   1,189,400 |      14,300
California ...................|  15,107,800 |  15,448,000 |     340,200
Colorado .....................|   2,373,300 |   2,443,800 |      70,500
Delaware .....................|     426,600 |     436,600 |      10,000
Florida ......................|   7,543,100 |   7,761,900 |     218,800
Georgia ......................|   4,021,300 |   4,104,400 |      83,100
Indiana ......................|   2,921,000 |   2,974,000 |      53,000
Iowa .........................|   1,523,400 |   1,548,700 |      25,300
Kansas .......................|   1,367,600 |   1,383,300 |      15,700
                              |             |             |            
Maine ........................|     601,100 |     610,300 |       9,200
Massachusetts ................|   3,354,900 |   3,404,600 |      49,700
Minnesota ....................|   2,771,500 |   2,817,000 |      45,500
Mississippi ..................|   1,107,900 |   1,123,200 |      15,300
Missouri .....................|   2,724,100 |   2,766,100 |      42,000
Nevada .......................|   1,169,200 |   1,215,000 |      45,800
New York .....................|   8,912,500 |   9,011,400 |      98,900
North Carolina ...............|   4,044,700 |   4,122,300 |      77,600
North Dakota .................|     441,800 |     462,000 |      20,200
Ohio .........................|   5,251,500 |   5,298,300 |      46,800
                              |             |             |            
Oklahoma .....................|   1,630,200 |   1,657,300 |      27,100
Oregon .......................|   1,671,100 |   1,720,700 |      49,600
Pennsylvania .................|   5,732,500 |   5,794,900 |      62,400
Rhode Island .................|     470,100 |     477,600 |       7,500
South Carolina ...............|   1,891,100 |   1,929,200 |      38,100
Tennessee ....................|   2,742,500 |   2,799,400 |      56,900
Texas ........................|  11,148,700 |  11,531,800 |     383,100
Utah .........................|   1,286,900 |   1,325,000 |      38,100
Washington ...................|   2,981,400 |   3,044,200 |      62,800
West Virginia ................|     759,200 |     783,100 |      23,900
Wisconsin ....................|   2,810,100 |   2,857,600 |      47,500
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