A data chart image of Unemployment rate down significantly in 19 states over the year ending April 2016

Unemployment rate down significantly in 19 states over the year ending April 2016

May 27, 2016

Nineteen states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from April 2015 to April 2016. The largest of the declines were in Arkansas and Tennessee, where the rate declined by 1.6 percentage points in both states. The only significant over-the year increases occurred in Wyoming (+1.4 percentage points) and North Dakota (+0.5 point).

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May 26, 2016

A data chart image of Industry employment for all states and the District of Columbia since April 1990

Industry employment for all states and the District of Columbia since April 1990

From April 1990 to April 2016, employment in professional and business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality increased for all states and the District of Columbia. Among states, Nevada experienced the largest percentage increase in education and health services employment (264 percent); Florida recorded the largest increase in professional and business services (236 percent); and Mississippi had the largest increase in leisure and hospitality (134 percent).

May 25, 2016

A data chart image of Foreign born make up 28 percent of labor force in Pacific states

Foreign born make up 28 percent of labor force in Pacific states

In 2015, there were 26.3 million foreign-born people in the U.S. civilian labor force. The share of the labor force that was foreign born was 16.7 percent. The foreign born made up 28.1 percent of the labor force in Pacific states and 21.2 percent in Middle Atlantic states. The foreign born made up the smallest share of the labor force in East South Central (5.2 percent), West North Central (7.1 percent), and East North Central states (9.4 percent).

May 24, 2016

A data chart image of Labor productivity rose in 15 of 28 selected service-providing industries in 2015

Labor productivity rose in 15 of 28 selected service-providing industries in 2015

In 2015, labor productivity rose in 15 of 28 selected service-providing industries. Output grew in all 15 industries with increasing productivity, except newspaper publishers, where output fell 4.6 percent, and line-haul railroads, where output was unchanged. Hours worked declined in 9 of the 28 industries.

May 23, 2016

A data chart image of Multifactor productivity grew 0.4 percent annually from 2007 to 2015

Multifactor productivity grew 0.4 percent annually from 2007 to 2015

Multifactor productivity accounts for the effects of both capital and labor. It is designed to measure the joint influences of technological change, efficiency improvements, and other factors of economic growth. Multifactor productivity grew 0.9 percent annually from 1987 to 2015 in private nonfarm businesses. Over the 2007–15 period, multifactor productivity grew 0.4 percent per year on average.

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