A data chart image of Seven states at historically low unemployment rates in May 2017

Seven states at historically low unemployment rates in May 2017

June 22, 2017

In May 2017, unemployment rates in seven states were at their lowest levels since the state unemployment data series began in January 1976. Colorado had the lowest unemployment rate in May, 2.3 percent, followed by North Dakota, 2.5 percent, both of which were the lowest rates ever recorded in those states. The rates in Arkansas (3.4 percent), California (4.7 percent), Mississippi (4.9 percent), Oregon (3.6 percent), and Washington (4.5 percent) were also at series lows.

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June 21, 2017

A data chart image of Employment up 3.3 percent in Utah over the year ending May 2017

Employment up 3.3 percent in Utah over the year ending May 2017

From May 2016 to May 2017, nonfarm payroll employment increases occurred in 28 states. The largest percentage gain, an increase of 3.3 percent, occurred in Utah (where employment increased 46,600). The largest job gain, in terms of number of jobs, was 266,600 in Texas (an increase of 2.2 percent).

June 20, 2017

A data chart image of Import prices decline 12.9 percent from June 2014 to May 2017

Import prices decline 12.9 percent from June 2014 to May 2017

Import prices fell 12.9 percent from a recent peak in June 2014 to May 2017. Import prices from every locality of origin for which BLS publishes decreased during this period. From June 2014 to May 2017, prices for imports originating from Canada fell 21.0 percent, and prices for imports from Mexico declined 10.9 percent.

June 19, 2017

A data chart image of Real average hourly earnings increased 0.6 percent over the year ended May 2017

Real average hourly earnings increased 0.6 percent over the year ended May 2017

Average hourly earnings for all employees increased 2.5 percent, and average weekly earnings were up 2.5 percent over the year ended May 2017. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, which is used to adjust earnings estimates for inflation, increased 1.9 percent over the year. After adjusting for inflation, real average hourly earnings increased 0.6 percent from May 2016 to May 2017.

June 16, 2017

A data chart image of CPI rose 1.9 percent over the 12 months ending May 2017

CPI rose 1.9 percent over the 12 months ending May 2017

From May 2016 to May 2017, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 1.9 percent, a smaller increase than the 2.2-percent rise for the 12 months ending April 2017. Over the past decade, the average 12-month increase in the all items index was 1.6 percent.

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