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Mar 23, 2018

Bureau of Labor Statistics | State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) News Release on March on March 23,2018.

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State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, March 23, 2018       USDL-18-0454

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           STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- FEBRUARY 2018


Unemployment rates were lower in February in 7 states and stable in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Fifteen states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 35 states 
and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate was unchanged from January at 4.1 percent but 
was 0.6 percentage point lower than in February 2017.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 11 states in February 2018 and was essentially unchanged in 39 states and the 
District of Columbia. Over the year, 24 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 26 states and the District were 
essentially unchanged.

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  |        Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data Corrections       |
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  |   This news release contains corrections to previously released employment data in tables C, D, 3, and 4.    |
  |   A complete list of corrections in this news release and in the CES (State and Area) database can be        |
  |   found at www.bls.gov/bls/errata/sae_errata.htm.                                                            |
  |______________________________________________________________________________________________________________|


Unemployment

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in February, 2.1 percent. The rates in California (4.3 percent), Maine (2.9 
percent), Mississippi (4.5 percent), and Wisconsin (2.9 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 
1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 7.3 percent. In total, 18 states had unemployment rates lower than the 
U.S. figure of 4.1 percent, 9 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 1.)

In February, seven states had unemployment rate decreases: Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin (-0.2 percentage point each) 
and Maine, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wyoming (-0.1 point each). The remaining 43 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.

Fifteen states had unemployment rate changes from February 2017, all of which were decreases. The largest declines 
occurred in Alabama (-1.6 percentage points) and Louisiana (-1.2 points). (See table B.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Eleven states had over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll employment in February 2018. The largest over-the-month 
increases in employment occurred in Texas (+40,500), New York (+28,000), and Florida (+26,700). In percentage terms, 
the largest increases occurred in Tennessee and Virginia (+0.5 percent each), followed by Georgia, Massachusetts, New 
Jersey, and South Carolina (+0.4 percent each). (See tables C and 3.)

Twenty-four states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in February. The largest job gains 
occurred in California (+383,600), Texas (+285,200), and Florida (+167,800). The largest percentage gain occurred in 
Idaho (+3.4 percent), followed by Nevada and Utah (+3.2 percent each). (See table D.)


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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for February is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, 
April 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The State Employment and Unemployment news release for March is scheduled to be 
released on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., February 2018, seasonally adjusted
--------------------------------------------------------------
                State                |          Rate(p)
--------------------------------------------------------------
United States (1) ...................|           4.1
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           7.3
Arizona .............................|           4.9
Colorado ............................|           3.0
District of Columbia ................|           5.7
Hawaii ..............................|           2.1
Idaho ...............................|           3.0
Illinois ............................|           4.7
Indiana .............................|           3.2
Iowa ................................|           2.9
Kansas ..............................|           3.4
                                     |
Maine ...............................|           2.9
Massachusetts .......................|           3.5
Minnesota ...........................|           3.2
Nebraska ............................|           2.8
Nevada ..............................|           4.9
New Hampshire .......................|           2.6
New Mexico ..........................|           5.8
New York ............................|           4.6
North Dakota ........................|           2.6
Pennsylvania ........................|           4.8
                                     |
South Dakota ........................|           3.4
Tennessee ...........................|           3.4
Utah ................................|           3.1
Vermont .............................|           2.8
Virginia ............................|           3.5
Washington ..........................|           4.7
West Virginia .......................|           5.4
Wisconsin ...........................|           2.9
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   (1) Data are not preliminary.
   (p) = preliminary.
   
   
Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from February 2017 to February 2018, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |  February |  February |    change(p)
                                |    2017   |   2018(p) |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alabama ........................|     5.3   |     3.7   |      -1.6
California .....................|     5.1   |     4.3   |       -.8
Florida ........................|     4.5   |     3.9   |       -.6
Georgia ........................|     5.2   |     4.5   |       -.7
Hawaii .........................|     2.7   |     2.1   |       -.6
Idaho ..........................|     3.4   |     3.0   |       -.4
Iowa ...........................|     3.4   |     2.9   |       -.5
Kentucky .......................|     5.1   |     4.1   |      -1.0
Louisiana ......................|     5.7   |     4.5   |      -1.2
Mississippi ....................|     5.4   |     4.5   |       -.9
                                |           |           |
New Mexico .....................|     6.4   |     5.8   |       -.6
Tennessee ......................|     4.4   |     3.4   |      -1.0
Texas ..........................|     4.7   |     4.0   |       -.7
Virginia .......................|     4.0   |     3.5   |       -.5
Wyoming ........................|     4.5   |     4.0   |       -.5
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant employment changes from
January 2018 to February 2018, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
           State              |   January   |  February   |---------------------------
                              |     2018    |    2018(p)  |    Level    |   Percent
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Florida ......................|   8,672,700 |   8,699,400 |      26,700 |      0.3
Georgia ......................|   4,496,400 |   4,514,700 |      18,300 |       .4
Illinois .....................|   6,079,900 |   6,095,100 |      15,200 |       .3
Massachusetts ................|   3,622,700 |   3,636,400 |      13,700 |       .4
Michigan .....................|   4,398,000 |   4,410,900 |      12,900 |       .3
New Jersey ...................|   4,162,200 |   4,178,000 |      15,800 |       .4
New York .....................|   9,573,900 |   9,601,900 |      28,000 |       .3
South Carolina ...............|   2,110,900 |   2,120,300 |       9,400 |       .4
Tennessee ....................|   3,031,200 |   3,045,800 |      14,600 |       .5
Texas ........................|  12,381,900 |  12,422,400 |      40,500 |       .3
Virginia .....................|   3,964,900 |   3,985,700 |      20,800 |       .5
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
February 2017 to February 2018, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |   February  |   February  |---------------------------
                              |     2017    |    2018(p)  |    Level    |    Percent
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Arizona ......................|   2,748,900 |   2,810,800 |      61,900 |      2.3
California ...................|  16,682,200 |  17,065,800 |     383,600 |      2.3
Colorado .....................|   2,638,400 |   2,701,800 |      63,400 |      2.4
Florida ......................|   8,531,600 |   8,699,400 |     167,800 |      2.0
Georgia ......................|   4,426,500 |   4,514,700 |      88,200 |      2.0
Idaho ........................|     708,200 |     732,200 |      24,000 |      3.4
Illinois .....................|   6,046,400 |   6,095,100 |      48,700 |       .8
Indiana ......................|   3,095,300 |   3,126,200 |      30,900 |      1.0
Massachusetts ................|   3,597,300 |   3,636,400 |      39,100 |      1.1
Michigan .....................|   4,358,900 |   4,410,900 |      52,000 |      1.2
                              |             |             |             |       
Nevada .......................|   1,327,900 |   1,370,900 |      43,000 |      3.2
New Jersey ...................|   4,114,800 |   4,178,000 |      63,200 |      1.5
New York .....................|   9,492,300 |   9,601,900 |     109,600 |      1.2
North Carolina ...............|   4,396,300 |   4,467,600 |      71,300 |      1.6
Ohio .........................|   5,519,900 |   5,566,400 |      46,500 |       .8
Oklahoma .....................|   1,649,700 |   1,681,000 |      31,300 |      1.9
Oregon .......................|   1,860,700 |   1,904,400 |      43,700 |      2.3
Pennsylvania .................|   5,924,500 |   6,005,900 |      81,400 |      1.4
South Carolina ...............|   2,086,500 |   2,120,300 |      33,800 |      1.6
Tennessee ....................|   3,000,800 |   3,045,800 |      45,000 |      1.5
                              |             |             |             |       
Texas ........................|  12,137,200 |  12,422,400 |     285,200 |      2.3
Utah .........................|   1,452,800 |   1,499,000 |      46,200 |      3.2
Virginia .....................|   3,949,400 |   3,985,700 |      36,300 |       .9
Washington ...................|   3,293,100 |   3,389,900 |      96,800 |      2.9
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   (p) = preliminary.



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Last Modified Date: March 23, 2018