State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, July 19, 2019	                  USDL-19-1303

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            STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2019


Unemployment rates were lower in June in 6 states and stable in 44 states
and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Three states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 47
states and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment
rate, 3.7 percent, was little changed from May but was 0.3 percentage point
lower than in June 2018.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 4 states in June 2019 and was
essentially unchanged in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Over the
year, 28 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 22 states and the District
were essentially unchanged.

This news release presents statistics from two monthly programs. The civilian
labor force and unemployment data are modeled based largely on a survey of
households. These data pertain to individuals by where they reside. The
employment data come from an establishment survey that measures nonfarm
employment, hours, and earnings by industry. These data pertain to jobs on
payrolls defined by where the establishments are located. For more information
about the concepts and statistical methodologies used by these two programs,
see the Technical Note.

Unemployment

Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 2.1 percent. The rates in
Alabama (3.5 percent), Arkansas (3.5 percent), New Jersey (3.5 percent), and
Texas (3.4 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.)
Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 6.4 percent. In total, 13 states had
unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.7 percent, 9 states and
the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 28 states had rates that were
not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 1.)

In June, six states had unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which was
in New Jersey (-0.3 percentage point), closely followed by Alabama and Colorado
(-0.2 point each). The remaining 44 states and the District of Columbia had
jobless rates that were not notably 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.)

Three states had unemployment rate changes from June 2018, all of which were
decreases: Delaware, Vermont, and Wyoming (-0.6 percentage point each).

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in four states in June 2019: California 
(+46,200, or +0.3 percent), Texas (+45,000, or +0.4 percent), Georgia (+20,200,
or +0.4 percent), and Tennessee (+9,600, or +0.3 percent). (See table 3.)

Twenty-eight states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in
June. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+315,600), California (+296,100),
and Florida (+218,800). The largest percentage gain occurred in Nevada (+3.3
percent), followed by Arizona (+2.8 percent) and Utah and Washington (+2.7
percent each). (See table C.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for June
is scheduled to be released on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
The State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled
to be released on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., June 2019, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           3.7
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           6.4
Arizona .............................|           4.9
California ..........................|           4.2
Colorado ............................|           3.0
District of Columbia ................|           5.6
Hawaii ..............................|           2.8
Idaho ...............................|           2.8
Illinois ............................|           4.3
Iowa ................................|           2.4
Louisiana ...........................|           4.3
                                     |
Massachusetts .......................|           3.0
Mississippi .........................|           5.0
Nebraska ............................|           3.0
New Hampshire .......................|           2.5
New Mexico ..........................|           4.9
North Dakota ........................|           2.3
South Dakota ........................|           2.9
Utah ................................|           2.8
Vermont .............................|           2.1
Virginia ............................|           2.9
                                     |
Washington ..........................|           4.6
West Virginia .......................|           4.7
Wisconsin ...........................|           2.9
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   (1) Data are not preliminary.
   (p) = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from May 2019 to June 2019, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |    May    |    June   |    change(p)
                                |    2019   |   2019(p) |
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Alabama ........................|     3.7   |     3.5   |      -0.2
Colorado .......................|     3.2   |     3.0   |       -.2
Kansas .........................|     3.5   |     3.4   |       -.1
Montana ........................|     3.6   |     3.5   |       -.1
New Jersey .....................|     3.8   |     3.5   |       -.3
Texas ..........................|     3.5   |     3.4   |       -.1
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant employment changes from
June 2018 to June 2019, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |     June    |     June    |---------------------------
                              |     2018    |    2019(p)  |    Level    |    Percent
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Alabama ......................|   2,041,400 |   2,080,700 |      39,300 |      1.9
Arizona ......................|   2,848,100 |   2,928,300 |      80,200 |      2.8
Arkansas .....................|   1,258,800 |   1,274,900 |      16,100 |      1.3
California ...................|  17,177,800 |  17,473,900 |     296,100 |      1.7
Colorado .....................|   2,726,600 |   2,779,400 |      52,800 |      1.9
Florida ......................|   8,767,700 |   8,986,500 |     218,800 |      2.5
Georgia ......................|   4,536,100 |   4,616,500 |      80,400 |      1.8
Idaho ........................|     738,200 |     754,900 |      16,700 |      2.3
Illinois .....................|   6,111,000 |   6,190,200 |      79,200 |      1.3
Indiana ......................|   3,146,500 |   3,178,200 |      31,700 |      1.0
                              |             |             |             |       
Kentucky .....................|   1,934,100 |   1,954,800 |      20,700 |      1.1
Massachusetts ................|   3,646,900 |   3,682,400 |      35,500 |      1.0
Mississippi ..................|   1,153,800 |   1,168,100 |      14,300 |      1.2
Missouri .....................|   2,885,900 |   2,914,800 |      28,900 |      1.0
Nevada .......................|   1,380,700 |   1,426,200 |      45,500 |      3.3
New Jersey ...................|   4,157,000 |   4,204,600 |      47,600 |      1.1
New Mexico ...................|     842,100 |     856,500 |      14,400 |      1.7
New York .....................|   9,689,100 |   9,786,200 |      97,100 |      1.0
North Carolina ...............|   4,496,900 |   4,561,000 |      64,100 |      1.4
Oregon .......................|   1,907,500 |   1,943,700 |      36,200 |      1.9
                              |             |             |             |       
South Carolina ...............|   2,143,900 |   2,179,800 |      35,900 |      1.7
South Dakota .................|     438,100 |     449,300 |      11,200 |      2.6
Tennessee ....................|   3,060,400 |   3,112,500 |      52,100 |      1.7
Texas ........................|  12,492,800 |  12,808,400 |     315,600 |      2.5
Utah .........................|   1,514,400 |   1,555,700 |      41,300 |      2.7
Washington ...................|   3,401,400 |   3,494,600 |      93,200 |      2.7
West Virginia ................|     726,400 |     738,400 |      12,000 |      1.7
Wyoming ......................|     285,000 |     290,800 |       5,800 |      2.0
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   (p) = preliminary.



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