Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, May 27, 2015                  USDL-15-1020

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               REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- APRIL 2015


Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in April. Twenty-three
states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from March,
11 states had increases, and 16 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia had
unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier and five states had increases.
The national jobless rate was essentially unchanged from March at 5.4 percent
and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in April 2014.

In April 2015, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 40 states and the District
of Columbia, decreased in 9 states, and was unchanged in Hawaii. The largest over-
the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+29,500), Pennsylvania
(+27,000), and Florida (+24,500). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment
occurred in New York (-14,700), followed by Missouri (-5,700) and Arizona (-3,600).
The largest over-the-month percentage increases in employment occurred in Nevada
(+1.0 percent) and Alaska (+0.9 percent). The largest over-the-month percentage
declines in employment occurred in New Hampshire and Wyoming (-0.3 percent each).
Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states and the District of
Columbia and decreased in West Virginia (-0.7 percent). The largest over-the-year
percentage increase occurred in Utah (+4.0 percent), followed by Florida and
Washington (+3.6 percent each).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In April, the Midwest had the lowest regional unemployment rate, 5.0 percent,
while the West had the highest rate, 5.8 percent. Over the month, no region had
a statistically significant unemployment rate change. Significant over-the-year
rate decreases occurred in all four regions: the West (-1.2 percentage points),
Midwest (-1.1 points), and Northeast and South (-0.8 point each). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, the West North Central had the lowest
unemployment rate, 4.3 percent in April. The Pacific had the highest rate,
6.1 percent. Over the month, no division had a statistically significant
jobless rate change. All nine divisions had significant rate declines from a
year earlier, with the largest of these decreases occurring in the East North
Central (-1.4 percentage points).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in April, 2.5 percent. Nevada had the highest
rate among the states, 7.1 percent. The District of Columbia had a rate of 7.5
percent. In total, 21 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the
U.S. figure of 5.4 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had measurably
higher rates, and 18 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that
of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In April, eight states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment
rate declines, the largest of which occurred in Indiana and Washington (-0.4
percentage point each). Two states had significant over-the-month rate increases:
West Virginia (+0.4 percentage point) and Alaska (+0.2 point). The remaining 40
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 declines from
April 2014, the largest of which occurred in Michigan (-2.1 percentage points).
The only significant over-the-year rate increase occurred in North Dakota (+0.4
percentage point). The remaining 21 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 April 2015, 17 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes
in employment, all of which were positive. The largest significant job gains
occurred in California (+29,500), Pennsylvania (+27,000), and Florida (+24,500).
(See tables D and 5.)

Over the year, 37 states had statistically significant changes in employment, all
of which were also positive. The largest significant over-the-year job increase
occurred in California (+457,300), followed by Texas (+287,000) and Florida
(+277,700). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for April 2015 is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for May 2015 is
scheduled to be released on Friday, June 19, 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 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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Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., April 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           5.4
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           6.7
California ..........................|           6.3
Colorado ............................|           4.2
Connecticut .........................|           6.3
Delaware ............................|           4.5
District of Columbia ................|           7.5
Georgia .............................|           6.3
Hawaii ..............................|           4.1
Idaho ...............................|           3.8
Iowa ................................|           3.8
                                     |
Kansas ..............................|           4.3
Louisiana ...........................|           6.6
Maine ...............................|           4.7
Massachusetts .......................|           4.7
Minnesota ...........................|           3.7
Mississippi .........................|           6.6
Montana .............................|           4.0
Nebraska ............................|           2.5
Nevada ..............................|           7.1
New Hampshire .......................|           3.8
                                     |
New Jersey ..........................|           6.5
New Mexico ..........................|           6.2
North Dakota ........................|           3.1
Oklahoma ............................|           4.1
South Carolina ......................|           6.7
South Dakota ........................|           3.6
Texas ...............................|           4.2
Utah ................................|           3.4
Vermont .............................|           3.6
Virginia ............................|           4.8
                                     |
West Virginia .......................|           7.0
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.4
Wyoming .............................|           4.1
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.



Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from March 2015 to April 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |   March   |   April   |    change(p)
                                |    2015   |  2015(p)  |
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Alaska .........................|     6.5   |     6.7   |       0.2
Indiana ........................|     5.8   |     5.4   |       -.4
Iowa ...........................|     4.0   |     3.8   |       -.2
Oregon .........................|     5.4   |     5.2   |       -.2
Rhode Island ...................|     6.3   |     6.1   |       -.2
Tennessee ......................|     6.3   |     6.0   |       -.3
Vermont ........................|     3.8   |     3.6   |       -.2
Washington .....................|     5.9   |     5.5   |       -.4
West Virginia ..................|     6.6   |     7.0   |        .4
Wisconsin ......................|     4.6   |     4.4   |       -.2
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   p = preliminary.



Table C.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from April 2014 to April 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |   April   |   April   |    change(p)
                                |    2014   |  2015(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     7.1   |     5.8   |      -1.3
California .....................|     7.8   |     6.3   |      -1.5
Colorado .......................|     5.4   |     4.2   |      -1.2
Delaware .......................|     5.9   |     4.5   |      -1.4
Florida ........................|     6.4   |     5.6   |       -.8
Georgia ........................|     7.3   |     6.3   |      -1.0
Idaho ..........................|     4.9   |     3.8   |      -1.1
Illinois .......................|     7.4   |     6.0   |      -1.4
Iowa ...........................|     4.4   |     3.8   |       -.6
Kentucky .......................|     7.0   |     5.0   |      -2.0
                                |           |           |
Maine ..........................|     5.8   |     4.7   |      -1.1
Maryland .......................|     5.9   |     5.3   |       -.6
Massachusetts ..................|     5.8   |     4.7   |      -1.1
Michigan .......................|     7.5   |     5.4   |      -2.1
Mississippi ....................|     7.8   |     6.6   |      -1.2
Montana ........................|     4.7   |     4.0   |       -.7
Nebraska .......................|     3.4   |     2.5   |       -.9
Nevada .........................|     8.1   |     7.1   |      -1.0
New Hampshire ..................|     4.5   |     3.8   |       -.7
New York .......................|     6.5   |     5.7   |       -.8
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North Carolina .................|     6.4   |     5.5   |       -.9
North Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     3.1   |        .4
Oregon .........................|     7.0   |     5.2   |      -1.8
Pennsylvania ...................|     6.0   |     5.3   |       -.7
Rhode Island ...................|     8.1   |     6.1   |      -2.0
Texas ..........................|     5.2   |     4.2   |      -1.0
Vermont ........................|     4.0   |     3.6   |       -.4
Washington .....................|     6.2   |     5.5   |       -.7
Wisconsin ......................|     5.5   |     4.4   |      -1.1
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   p = preliminary.



Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
March 2015 to April 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     March   |    April    | Over-the-month
           State              |      2015   |    2015(p)  |    change(p)
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Alaska .......................|     338,200 |     341,200 |       3,000
Arkansas .....................|   1,202,400 |   1,208,800 |       6,400
California ...................|  15,982,700 |  16,012,200 |      29,500
Florida ......................|   8,021,000 |   8,045,500 |      24,500
Indiana ......................|   3,022,500 |   3,034,100 |      11,600
Kentucky .....................|   1,879,200 |   1,886,200 |       7,000
Maine ........................|     605,700 |     609,400 |       3,700
Maryland .....................|   2,636,800 |   2,653,200 |      16,400
Massachusetts ................|   3,459,200 |   3,469,300 |      10,100
Nevada .......................|   1,236,100 |   1,248,900 |      12,800
                              |             |             |            
North Carolina ...............|   4,220,400 |   4,231,500 |      11,100
Oregon .......................|   1,762,900 |   1,770,500 |       7,600
Pennsylvania .................|   5,818,800 |   5,845,800 |      27,000
South Carolina ...............|   1,987,000 |   1,998,500 |      11,500
Vermont ......................|     313,900 |     315,700 |       1,800
Virginia .....................|   3,785,600 |   3,802,900 |      17,300
Washington ...................|   3,153,800 |   3,162,000 |       8,200
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   p = preliminary.



Table E.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
April 2014 to April 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     April   |     April   | Over-the-year
           State              |      2014   |     2015(p) |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,916,900 |   1,943,100 |      26,200
Arizona ......................|   2,557,000 |   2,614,900 |      57,900
Arkansas .....................|   1,184,200 |   1,208,800 |      24,600
California ...................|  15,554,900 |  16,012,200 |     457,300
Colorado .....................|   2,445,900 |   2,509,100 |      63,200
Connecticut ..................|   1,664,000 |   1,687,200 |      23,200
Delaware .....................|     435,900 |     442,900 |       7,000
Florida ......................|   7,767,800 |   8,045,500 |     277,700
Georgia ......................|   4,125,600 |   4,247,500 |     121,900
Idaho ........................|     653,900 |     674,200 |      20,300
                              |             |             |            
Illinois .....................|   5,856,800 |   5,919,700 |      62,900
Indiana ......................|   2,974,700 |   3,034,100 |      59,400
Iowa .........................|   1,545,600 |   1,566,000 |      20,400
Kentucky .....................|   1,852,400 |   1,886,200 |      33,800
Maryland .....................|   2,613,300 |   2,653,200 |      39,900
Massachusetts ................|   3,403,200 |   3,469,300 |      66,100
Michigan .....................|   4,156,500 |   4,255,100 |      98,600
Minnesota ....................|   2,805,900 |   2,852,000 |      46,100
Nebraska .....................|     993,200 |   1,004,200 |      11,000
Nevada .......................|   1,207,500 |   1,248,900 |      41,400
                              |             |             |            
New Jersey ...................|   3,956,300 |   4,002,700 |      46,400
New Mexico ...................|     816,800 |     831,100 |      14,300
New York .....................|   9,063,400 |   9,176,600 |     113,200
North Carolina ...............|   4,124,900 |   4,231,500 |     106,600
North Dakota .................|     457,400 |     469,100 |      11,700
Ohio .........................|   5,320,700 |   5,395,000 |      74,300
Oklahoma .....................|   1,645,700 |   1,664,300 |      18,600
Oregon .......................|   1,712,100 |   1,770,500 |      58,400
Pennsylvania .................|   5,781,400 |   5,845,800 |      64,400
South Carolina ...............|   1,942,400 |   1,998,500 |      56,100
                              |             |             |            
South Dakota .................|     422,800 |     429,700 |       6,900
Tennessee ....................|   2,804,400 |   2,851,400 |      47,000
Texas ........................|  11,467,600 |  11,754,600 |     287,000
Utah .........................|   1,318,700 |   1,371,500 |      52,800
Vermont ......................|     308,600 |     315,700 |       7,100
Washington ...................|   3,052,600 |   3,162,000 |     109,400
Wisconsin ....................|   2,838,600 |   2,889,500 |      50,900
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