April Regional Jobs Report: Tech Sector Outshines National Unemployment Rate

by Hanna Olivera on May 20, 2016

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BLS Regional Jobs ReportState and regional unemployment was on par with national unemployment in April 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Regional Jobs Report for the month. The West, Northeast and South regions saw a notable decrease in unemployment rates compared with April 2015. While month-over-month unemployment rates were stable in forty-one states and the District of Columbia, five states saw a decrease and four states saw an increase in their unemployment rates.

Job Growth Continues in IT Sector

The unemployment rate in the tech sector is almost half of the national unemployment rate, indicating the strength of the field and the demand for workers in this sector. In fact, the amount of new tech jobs created in April 2016 more than doubled compared to March.

These are states that added the most IT jobs in April:

  • California: +17,900 IT jobs added
  • Missouri: +8,700 IT jobs added
  • Illinois: +7,600 IT jobs added
  • Georgia: +7,200 IT jobs added
  • Minnesota: +6,700 IT jobs added

These are the states with the greatest year-over-year growth in IT jobs and their overall year-over-year job growth:

  • California: +78,000 IT jobs added and +450,200 total jobs added since April 2015
  • Florida: +43,700 IT jobs added and +254,500 total jobs added since April 2015
  • Georgia: +40,000 IT jobs added and +140,800 total jobs added since April 2015
  • Texas: +30,700 IT jobs added and +189,600 total jobs added since April 2015
  • North Carolina: +29,700 IT jobs added and +95,600 total jobs added since April 2015

All Regions See Significant Year-Over-Year Improvements

While month-over-month changes in unemployment rate were minimal, three regions experienced significantly strong year-over-year employment growth. In fact, nineteen states saw robust unemployment rate decreases compared with a year ago. The two subregions with the lowest unemployment rates in April 2016 were West North Central (3.8 percent) and New England (4.4 percent), while the East North Central had the highest unemployment rate at 5.4 percent. Here’s a snapshot of April’s regional unemployment figures:

  • Northeast: 4.8% (+0.1% from March to April, -0.7% year-over-year)
  • South: 4.9% (0% from March to April, -0.5% year-over-year)
  • West: 5.1% (0% from March to April, -0.8% year-over-year)
  • Midwest: 4.9% (+0.1% from March to April, -0.8% year-over-year)

Region-by-Region Fast Facts

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