Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, December 16, 2016                       USDL-16-2305

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          REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- NOVEMBER 2016


Unemployment rates were significantly lower in November in 18 states and stable in
32 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Nine states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 2 states
had increases, and 39 states and the District had no significant change. The national
unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in November, down from 4.9 percent in October, and
0.4 percentage point lower than in November 2015.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 9 states in November 2016, decreased in
2 states, and was essentially unchanged in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Over the year, 31 states and the District added nonfarm payroll jobs, Wyoming lost
jobs, and 18 states were essentially unchanged.

Regional Unemployment

In November, the only region with an unemployment rate significantly different from the
U.S. rate of 4.6 percent was the West, at 5.0 percent. Over the month, the only region
with a statistically significant unemployment rate change was the West (-0.2 percentage
point).  Significant over-the-year rate changes occurred in two regions: the West (-0.5
percentage point) and South (-0.2 point). (See table 1.)

Among the nine geographic divisions, New England had the lowest unemployment rate, 3.6
percent in November, followed by the West North Central, 4.1 percent. The highest rates
were in the East South Central, Middle Atlantic, and Pacific, 5.3 percent each. Over
the month, significant jobless rate changes occurred in three divisions: New England
(-0.3 percentage point), Mountain (-0.2 point), and Pacific (-0.1 point). Five divisions
had significant jobless rate declines from a year earlier, the largest of which was in
New England (-1.1 percentage points). The only notable over-the-year rate increase was
in the Middle Atlantic (+0.4 percentage point).

State Unemployment

New Hampshire and South Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates in November, 2.7 percent
each. Alaska and New Mexico had the highest jobless rates, 6.8 percent and 6.7 percent,
respectively. In total, 16 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the
U.S. figure of 4.6 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and
23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See
tables A and 3.)

In November, 18 states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases, the
largest of which occurred in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Missouri (-0.4 percentage
point each). The remaining 32 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that
were not significantly different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes
that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes. (See table B.)

Nine states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from November 2015,
the largest of which was in Massachusetts (-2.0 percentage points). The only significant
unemployment rate increases over the year occurred in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania (+1.0
percentage point each). (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Nine states had statistically significant over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll
employment and two states had significant decreases in November 2016. The largest job
gains occurred in Florida (+29,600), Indiana (+13,100), and South Carolina (+12,500).
In percentage terms, the largest increase occurred in West Virginia (+1.4 percent),
followed by Nebraska and South Carolina (+0.6 percent each). The significant decreases
in employment over the month occurred in Virginia (-13,600, or -0.3 percent) and Colorado
(-12,500, or -0.5 percent). (See tables D and 5.)

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant over-
the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in November. The largest job gains
occurred in California (+377,200), Florida (+263,900), and Texas (+210,800). The largest
percentage gains occurred in Florida (+3.2 percent), Washington (+3.1 percent), and Utah
(+3.0 percent). Only one state had a significant over-the-year decline in employment:
Wyoming (-8,900, or -3.1 percent). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for November is scheduled
to be released on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The Regional and
State Employment and Unemployment news release for December 2016 is scheduled to be
released on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).


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   |Effective with the January 2017 issuance on Monday, March 13, 2017, this news     |
   |release will be renamed "State Employment and Unemployment." The Regional         |
   |Unemployment section of the summary will be omitted, as will the current table 1  |
   |and table 2. State data tables will be renumbered 1 through 4 accordingly. The    |
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   |and nine geographic divisions will continue to be available in the BLS time series|
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Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., November 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           4.6
                                     |
Alabama .............................|           5.9
Alaska ..............................|           6.8
Arkansas ............................|           4.0
California ..........................|           5.3
Colorado ............................|           3.2
District of Columbia ................|           6.0
Georgia .............................|           5.3
Hawaii ..............................|           3.0
Idaho ...............................|           3.8
Illinois ............................|           5.6
                                     |
Iowa ................................|           3.8
Louisiana ...........................|           6.2
Maine ...............................|           4.0
Massachusetts .......................|           2.9
Minnesota ...........................|           3.8
Mississippi .........................|           5.7
Montana .............................|           4.0
Nebraska ............................|           3.4
New Hampshire .......................|           2.7
New Mexico ..........................|           6.7
                                     |
North Dakota ........................|           2.9
Pennsylvania ........................|           5.7
South Dakota ........................|           2.7
Utah ................................|           3.1
Vermont .............................|           3.2
Washington ..........................|           5.3
West Virginia .......................|           6.0
Wisconsin ...........................|           4.1
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from October 2016 to November 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |  October  |  November |    change(p)
                                |   2016    |  2016(p)  |
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Arizona ........................|     5.2   |     5.0   |      -0.2
California .....................|     5.5   |     5.3   |       -.2
Colorado .......................|     3.5   |     3.2   |       -.3
Connecticut ....................|     5.1   |     4.7   |       -.4
Hawaii .........................|     3.2   |     3.0   |       -.2
Iowa ...........................|     4.1   |     3.8   |       -.3
Kentucky .......................|     5.1   |     4.8   |       -.3
Massachusetts ..................|     3.3   |     2.9   |       -.4
Missouri .......................|     5.1   |     4.7   |       -.4
Montana ........................|     4.3   |     4.0   |       -.3
                                |           |           |
Nevada .........................|     5.5   |     5.2   |       -.3
New Jersey .....................|     5.3   |     5.0   |       -.3
Oregon .........................|     5.3   |     5.0   |       -.3
South Carolina .................|     4.7   |     4.4   |       -.3
Utah ...........................|     3.2   |     3.1   |       -.1
Vermont ........................|     3.3   |     3.2   |       -.1
Washington .....................|     5.4   |     5.3   |       -.1
Wyoming ........................|     5.1   |     4.9   |       -.2
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   p = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from November 2015 to November 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |  November |  November |    change(p)
                                |    2015   |  2016(p)  |
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Arizona ........................|     5.9   |     5.0   |      -0.9
Arkansas .......................|     4.8   |     4.0   |       -.8
California .....................|     5.9   |     5.3   |       -.6
Maryland .......................|     5.0   |     4.2   |       -.8
Massachusetts ..................|     4.9   |     2.9   |      -2.0
Mississippi ....................|     6.6   |     5.7   |       -.9
Nevada .........................|     6.4   |     5.2   |      -1.2
Oklahoma .......................|     4.1   |     5.1   |       1.0
Pennsylvania ...................|     4.7   |     5.7   |       1.0
South Carolina .................|     5.5   |     4.4   |      -1.1
Vermont ........................|     3.6   |     3.2   |       -.4
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   p = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from October 2016
to November 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
           State              |   October   |   November  |---------------------------
                              |    2016     |   2016(p)   |    Level    |   Percent
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Colorado .....................|   2,632,700 |   2,620,200 |     -12,500 |     -0.5
Florida ......................|   8,435,400 |   8,465,000 |      29,600 |       .4
Georgia ......................|   4,413,000 |   4,422,900 |       9,900 |       .2
Idaho ........................|     696,500 |     700,200 |       3,700 |       .5
Indiana ......................|   3,076,400 |   3,089,500 |      13,100 |       .4
Maine ........................|     609,100 |     612,300 |       3,200 |       .5
Nebraska .....................|   1,017,600 |   1,023,900 |       6,300 |       .6
New Mexico ...................|     822,200 |     825,900 |       3,700 |       .5
South Carolina ...............|   2,058,300 |   2,070,800 |      12,500 |       .6
Virginia .....................|   3,947,300 |   3,933,700 |     -13,600 |      -.3
West Virginia ................|     761,500 |     771,900 |      10,400 |      1.4
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   p = preliminary.


Table E. States with statistically significant employment changes from November 2015
to November 2016, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |   November  |   November  |---------------------------
                              |     2015    |   2016(p)   |    Level    |    Percent
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Alabama ......................|   1,957,500 |   1,976,100 |      18,600 |      1.0
Arizona ......................|   2,677,700 |   2,707,200 |      29,500 |      1.1
California ...................|  16,226,400 |  16,603,600 |     377,200 |      2.3
Colorado .....................|   2,564,900 |   2,620,200 |      55,300 |      2.2
District of Columbia .........|     768,400 |     782,500 |      14,100 |      1.8
Florida ......................|   8,201,100 |   8,465,000 |     263,900 |      3.2
Georgia ......................|   4,324,200 |   4,422,900 |      98,700 |      2.3
Hawaii .......................|     640,500 |     656,200 |      15,700 |      2.5
Idaho ........................|     683,900 |     700,200 |      16,300 |      2.4
Illinois .....................|   5,982,500 |   6,025,500 |      43,000 |       .7
                              |             |             |             |       
Indiana ......................|   3,050,000 |   3,089,500 |      39,500 |      1.3
Maryland .....................|   2,680,000 |   2,710,200 |      30,200 |      1.1
Massachusetts ................|   3,512,500 |   3,582,600 |      70,100 |      2.0
Michigan .....................|   4,275,500 |   4,359,500 |      84,000 |      2.0
Minnesota ....................|   2,867,800 |   2,899,700 |      31,900 |      1.1
Missouri .....................|   2,785,100 |   2,842,200 |      57,100 |      2.1
Nevada .......................|   1,267,600 |   1,302,300 |      34,700 |      2.7
New Hampshire ................|     660,200 |     674,800 |      14,600 |      2.2
New York .....................|   9,293,800 |   9,398,300 |     104,500 |      1.1
North Carolina ...............|   4,271,400 |   4,353,200 |      81,800 |      1.9
                              |             |             |             |       
Ohio .........................|   5,456,600 |   5,506,400 |      49,800 |       .9
Oregon .......................|   1,802,400 |   1,855,400 |      53,000 |      2.9
Pennsylvania .................|   5,856,400 |   5,895,300 |      38,900 |       .7
South Carolina ...............|   2,025,500 |   2,070,800 |      45,300 |      2.2
South Dakota .................|     429,800 |     440,000 |      10,200 |      2.4
Tennessee ....................|   2,927,400 |   2,983,000 |      55,600 |      1.9
Texas ........................|  11,915,500 |  12,126,300 |     210,800 |      1.8
Utah .........................|   1,393,800 |   1,435,900 |      42,100 |      3.0
Virginia .....................|   3,896,200 |   3,933,700 |      37,500 |      1.0
Washington ...................|   3,188,100 |   3,285,600 |      97,500 |      3.1
                              |             |             |             |       
West Virginia ................|     761,000 |     771,900 |      10,900 |      1.4
Wisconsin ....................|   2,903,100 |   2,933,500 |      30,400 |      1.0
Wyoming ......................|     288,000 |     279,100 |      -8,900 |     -3.1
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   p = preliminary.



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