Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, June 19, 2015                    USDL-15-1166

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	 REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MAY 2015


Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in May. Twenty-five
states had unemployment rate increases from April, 9 states and the District
of Columbia had decreases, 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 April at 5.5 percent
and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in May 2014.

In May 2015, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states and the District
of Columbia, decreased in 12 states, and was unchanged in Montana. The largest
over-the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+54,200), New York
(+42,700), and Texas (+33,200). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment
occurred in Wisconsin (-8,600), followed by North Dakota (-5,300) and South Carolina
(-4,900). The largest over-the-month percentage increases in employment occurred
in New Hampshire and Rhode Island (+0.7 percent each), followed by Michigan and
Nevada (+0.6 percent each). The largest over-the-month percentage declines in
employment occurred in North Dakota (-1.1 percent), Vermont (-0.7 percent), and
Wyoming (-0.6 percent). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states
and the District of Columbia and decreased in West Virginia (-2.1 percent). The
largest over-the-year percentage increases occurred in Utah (+3.9 percent) and
Washington (+3.6 percent).

Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

In May, the Midwest had the lowest regional unemployment rate, 5.1 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 (-1.0 percentage
point), Midwest (-0.9 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 May. 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, East
South Central, and Pacific (-1.2 percentage points each).

State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in May, 2.6 percent. West Virginia had
the highest rate among the states, 7.2 percent. The District of Columbia had
a rate of 7.3 percent. In total, 21 states had unemployment rates significantly
lower than the U.S. figure of 5.5 percent, 10 states and the District of Columbia
had measurably higher rates, and 19 states had rates that were not appreciably
different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3.)

In May, three states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment
rate increases: North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Dakota (+0.2 percentage point
each). Three states had significant over-the-month rate declines: Indiana (-0.3
percentage point), Connecticut (-0.2 point), and Washington (-0.1 point). The
remaining 44 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-four states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines from
May 2014, the largest of which occurred in Rhode Island (-2.0 percentage points).
The only significant over-the-year rate increase occurred in North Dakota (+0.4 
percentage point). The remaining 25 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 2015, 20 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes in
employment, 16 of which were positive. The largest significant job gains occurred
in California (+54,200), New York (+42,700), and Texas (+33,200). The significant
job decreases occurred in North Dakota (-5,300), Nebraska (-4,800), Vermont (-2,100),
and Wyoming (-1,900). (See tables C and 5.)

Over the year, 32 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant
increases in employment and West Virginia had a significant decrease (-16,600).
The largest significant over-the-year job increase occurred in California (+465,700),
followed by Texas (+286,400) and Florida (+268,500). (See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for May 2015
is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for June 2015
is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A.  States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., May 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           5.5
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           6.8
California ..........................|           6.4
Colorado ............................|           4.3
Delaware ............................|           4.6
District of Columbia ................|           7.3
Georgia .............................|           6.3
Hawaii ..............................|           4.1
Idaho ...............................|           3.9
Iowa ................................|           3.8
Kansas ..............................|           4.4
                                     |
Louisiana ...........................|           6.6
Maine ...............................|           4.7
Massachusetts .......................|           4.6
Minnesota ...........................|           3.8
Mississippi .........................|           6.7
Montana .............................|           3.9
Nebraska ............................|           2.6
Nevada ..............................|           7.0
New Hampshire .......................|           3.8
New Jersey ..........................|           6.5
                                     |
New Mexico ..........................|           6.2
North Dakota ........................|           3.1
Oklahoma ............................|           4.3
South Carolina ......................|           6.8
South Dakota ........................|           3.8
Texas ...............................|           4.3
Utah ................................|           3.5
Vermont .............................|           3.6
Virginia ............................|           4.9
West Virginia .......................|           7.2
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 May 2014 to May 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |    May    |    May    |    change(p)
                                |    2014   |  2015(p)  |
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Arizona ........................|     6.9   |     5.8   |      -1.1
California .....................|     7.6   |     6.4   |      -1.2
Colorado .......................|     5.2   |     4.3   |       -.9
Delaware .......................|     5.9   |     4.6   |      -1.3
Georgia ........................|     7.3   |     6.3   |      -1.0
Idaho ..........................|     4.9   |     3.9   |      -1.0
Illinois .......................|     7.1   |     6.0   |      -1.1
Iowa ...........................|     4.4   |     3.8   |       -.6
Kentucky .......................|     6.7   |     5.1   |      -1.6
Maine ..........................|     5.7   |     4.7   |      -1.0
                                |           |           |
Maryland .......................|     5.8   |     5.3   |       -.5
Massachusetts ..................|     5.8   |     4.6   |      -1.2
Michigan .......................|     7.3   |     5.5   |      -1.8
Montana ........................|     4.7   |     3.9   |       -.8
Nebraska .......................|     3.4   |     2.6   |       -.8
Nevada .........................|     7.9   |     7.0   |       -.9
New Hampshire ..................|     4.4   |     3.8   |       -.6
New York .......................|     6.4   |     5.7   |       -.7
North Dakota ...................|     2.7   |     3.1   |        .4
Oregon .........................|     7.0   |     5.3   |      -1.7
                                |           |           |
Rhode Island ...................|     7.9   |     5.9   |      -2.0
Texas ..........................|     5.1   |     4.3   |       -.8
Vermont ........................|     4.0   |     3.6   |       -.4
Washington .....................|     6.2   |     5.4   |       -.8
Wisconsin ......................|     5.5   |     4.6   |       -.9
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   p = preliminary.


Table C.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
April 2015 to May 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |    April    |      May    | Over-the-month
           State              |    2015     |    2015(p)  |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,941,600 |   1,948,100 |       6,500
California ...................|  15,999,900 |  16,054,100 |      54,200
Connecticut ..................|   1,685,400 |   1,691,800 |       6,400
Florida ......................|   8,042,000 |   8,059,100 |      17,100
Indiana ......................|   3,032,000 |   3,042,800 |      10,800
Maryland .....................|   2,653,100 |   2,666,600 |      13,500
Michigan .....................|   4,252,100 |   4,277,800 |      25,700
Nebraska .....................|   1,003,500 |     998,700 |      -4,800
Nevada .......................|   1,246,300 |   1,254,300 |       8,000
New Hampshire ................|     652,300 |     657,100 |       4,800
                              |             |             |            
New York .....................|   9,176,600 |   9,219,300 |      42,700
North Carolina ...............|   4,232,800 |   4,243,200 |      10,400
North Dakota .................|     468,000 |     462,700 |      -5,300
Pennsylvania .................|   5,838,700 |   5,856,900 |      18,200
Rhode Island .................|     481,300 |     484,700 |       3,400
Tennessee ....................|   2,850,800 |   2,860,800 |      10,000
Texas ........................|  11,755,500 |  11,788,700 |      33,200
Vermont ......................|     315,000 |     312,900 |      -2,100
Washington ...................|   3,161,600 |   3,169,300 |       7,700
Wyoming ......................|     294,800 |     292,900 |      -1,900
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   p = preliminary.


Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from
May 2014 to May 2015, seasonally adjusted
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                              |     May     |      May    | Over-the-year
           State              |    2014     |    2015(p)  |    change(p)
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Alabama ......................|   1,918,100 |   1,948,100 |      30,000
Arizona ......................|   2,551,600 |   2,613,800 |      62,200
Arkansas .....................|   1,187,000 |   1,209,900 |      22,900
California ...................|  15,588,400 |  16,054,100 |     465,700
Colorado .....................|   2,453,400 |   2,514,500 |      61,100
Connecticut ..................|   1,665,700 |   1,691,800 |      26,100
District of Columbia .........|     752,400 |     765,500 |      13,100
Florida ......................|   7,790,600 |   8,059,100 |     268,500
Georgia ......................|   4,137,900 |   4,252,800 |     114,900
Idaho ........................|     654,100 |     676,100 |      22,000
                              |             |             |            
Illinois .....................|   5,867,400 |   5,929,500 |      62,100
Indiana ......................|   2,980,100 |   3,042,800 |      62,700
Iowa .........................|   1,546,800 |   1,568,200 |      21,400
Kentucky .....................|   1,853,200 |   1,892,500 |      39,300
Maryland .....................|   2,619,800 |   2,666,600 |      46,800
Massachusetts ................|   3,407,200 |   3,477,800 |      70,600
Michigan .....................|   4,170,600 |   4,277,800 |     107,200
Minnesota ....................|   2,809,300 |   2,851,900 |      42,600
Nevada .......................|   1,212,800 |   1,254,300 |      41,500
New Hampshire ................|     645,700 |     657,100 |      11,400
                              |             |             |            
New Jersey ...................|   3,966,300 |   4,012,400 |      46,100
New York .....................|   9,084,700 |   9,219,300 |     134,600
North Carolina ...............|   4,134,400 |   4,243,200 |     108,800
Ohio .........................|   5,330,300 |   5,407,000 |      76,700
Oregon .......................|   1,714,100 |   1,767,500 |      53,400
Pennsylvania .................|   5,790,100 |   5,856,900 |      66,800
South Carolina ...............|   1,945,300 |   1,991,900 |      46,600
South Dakota .................|     423,000 |     430,400 |       7,400
Tennessee ....................|   2,807,000 |   2,860,800 |      53,800
Texas ........................|  11,502,300 |  11,788,700 |     286,400
                              |             |             |            
Utah .........................|   1,323,200 |   1,374,600 |      51,400
Washington ...................|   3,057,700 |   3,169,300 |     111,600
West Virginia ................|     774,200 |     757,600 |     -16,600
Wisconsin ....................|   2,838,600 |   2,877,300 |      38,700
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