A data chart image of Largest industries by state, 1990–2013

Largest industries by state, 1990–2013

July 28, 2014

In 1990, the manufacturing industry was the leading employer in most U.S. states, followed by retail trade. In 2003, retail trade was the leading employer in a majority of states. By 2013, health care and social assistance was the dominant industry in 34 states. This animated map shows the top industry in each state and the District of Columbia from 1990 to 2013.

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July 25, 2014

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Weekly earnings by educational attainment in the second quarter of 2014

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 106.6 million full-time wage and salary workers were $780 in the second quarter of 2014 (not seasonally adjusted). This was essentially unchanged from a year earlier, compared with a gain of 2.1 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers over the same period. Full-time workers age 25 and older earned a median of $831 per week in the second quarter of 2014, with large differences in earnings among educational attainment categories.

July 24, 2014

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Real average hourly earnings unchanged from May to June

In June 2014, real average hourly earnings for all employees were unchanged from May, seasonally adjusted. This result stems from a 0.2-percent increase in average hourly earnings being offset by a 0.3-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

July 23, 2014

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Consumer prices up 2.1 percent over the year ended June 2014

From June 2013 to June 2014, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 2.1 percent. The increase was the same as the increase reported for the May 2013-May 2014 period.

July 22, 2014

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Unemployment in the states, June 2014

Mississippi and Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rates among the 50 U.S. states in June (7.9 percent each), followed by Nevada (7.7) and Michigan (7.5). North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate (2.7 percent), followed by Nebraska, Utah, and Vermont (3.5 percent each).

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