January 25, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

State employment and unemployment, December 2011

Unemployment rates by state, seasonally adjusted, December 2011
State Unemployment rate

Alabama

8.1

Alaska

7.3

Arizona

8.7

Arkansas

7.7

California

11.1

Colorado

7.9

Connecticut

8.2

Delaware

7.4

District of Columbia

10.4

Florida

9.9

Georgia

9.7

Hawaii

6.6

Idaho

8.4

Illinois

9.8

Indiana

9.0

Iowa

5.6

Kansas

6.3

Kentucky

9.1

Louisiana

6.8

Maine

7.0

Maryland

6.7

Massachusetts

6.8

Michigan

9.3

Minnesota

5.7

Mississippi

10.4

Missouri

8.0

Montana

6.8

Nebraska

4.1

Nevada

12.6

New Hampshire

5.1

New Jersey

9.0

New Mexico

6.6

New York

8.0

North Carolina

9.9

North Dakota

3.3

Ohio

8.1

Oklahoma

6.1

Oregon

8.9

Pennsylvania

7.6

Rhode Island

10.8

South Carolina

9.5

South Dakota

4.2

Tennessee

8.7

Texas

7.8

Utah

6.0

Vermont

5.1

Virginia

6.2

Washington

8.5

West Virginia

7.9

Wisconsin

7.1

Wyoming

5.8

These data are featured in the TED article, State employment and unemployment, December 2011.

 

Statistically significant employment changes from December 2010 to December 2011, selected states
State Employment change, December 2010–December 2011

California

263,200

Texas

204,500

Florida

113,900

New York

86,500

Ohio

72,400

Michigan

66,500

Pennsylvania

59,200

Louisiana

47,600

Oklahoma

41,600

Minnesota

26,300

Colorado

23,600

North Dakota

21,900

Oregon

17,800

Nebraska

13,100

West Virginia

10,000

Idaho

8,100

South Dakota

6,700

Vermont

4,400

These data are featured in the TED article, State employment and unemployment, December 2011.