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Multiple jobholding in states in 2014

August 28, 2015

In 2014, 4.9 percent of employed people in the United States held more than one job. This percentage, the multiple-jobholding rate, varied considerably by state. In all, 22 states had multiple-jobholding rates significantly higher than the national average, 11 states had significantly lower rates, and 17 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not significantly different from the U.S. average.

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August 27, 2015

A data chart image of Nebraska has lowest jobless rate among states in July 2015

Nebraska has lowest jobless rate among states in July 2015

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate among states in July 2015, 2.7 percent. The historical low for Nebraska was 2.3 percent in October 1990, and the historical high was 6.3 percent in February 1983. In July 2015, West Virginia had the highest unemployment rate, 7.5 percent. West Virginia recorded a historical high of 11.3 percent in February 1983 and a historical low of 3.4 percent in August 2008.

August 26, 2015

A data chart image of Utah employment up 4.4 percent over the year ended July 2015

Utah employment up 4.4 percent over the year ended July 2015

From July 2014 to July 2015, 34 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant increases in employment. The largest percentage increase occurred in Utah, where employment rose 4.4 percent. In Nevada, employment increased 3.7 percent.

August 25, 2015

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Hurricane Katrina: a look back at employment and unemployment

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast. Louisiana and Mississippi suffered the most damage; all counties in Mississippi and parishes in Louisiana were declared federal disaster areas. The parishes and counties along the Gulf of Mexico and around the mouth of the Mississippi River were hit the hardest. The immediate economic impact of Hurricane Katrina included sharp declines in county and parish employment and spikes in unemployment rates in the metropolitan areas.

August 24, 2015

A data chart image of Real earnings increased from July 2014 to July 2015

Real earnings increased from July 2014 to July 2015

From July 2014 to July 2015, real average hourly earnings increased by 1.9 percent. This increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek, resulted in a 2.2-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

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