The August Regional Jobs Report revealed that unemployment rates were higher in 6 states, lower in 3 states, and stable in 41 states and the District of Columbia compared with July 2016. The regional unemployment rate was significantly different from the U.S. rate in two regions.
Thousands of New Tech Jobs Added in August
The unemployment rate in technology is still almost half of the national unemployment rate, (2.6 percent for tech vs. 4.9 percent for the United States) indicating positive opportunities for tech workers and increased demand for top talent by tech employers.
These are states that added the most IT jobs in August:
- California: +14,400 IT jobs added
- Tennessee: +6,100 IT jobs added
- Indiana: +5,300 IT jobs added
- Florida: +3,500 IT jobs added
- Virginia: +3,100 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: +89,900 IT jobs added and +378,000 total jobs added since August 2015
- Florida: +59,800 IT jobs added and +259,800 total jobs added since August 2015
- Texas: +26,000 IT jobs added and +190,600 total jobs added since August 2015
- Georgia: +25,800 IT jobs added and +104,000 total jobs added since August 2015
- Virginia: +25,400 IT jobs added and +72,500 total jobs added since August 2015
Workforce Grows Year-Over-Year in 44 States, District of Columbia
California added the most jobs to their workforce in August (+63,100), followed by Florida and Texas, adding 24,500 jobs and 21,400 jobs respectively. Year-over-year job growth is being experienced on a large scale: forty-four states and the District of Columbia have added jobs since August 2015.
Three of the four regions of the United States saw no month-over-month change in unemployment rate, with only one experiencing minimal change (0.1 percent).
Here’s a snapshot of August’s regional unemployment figures:
- Midwest: 4.5% (0% from July to August, -0.2% year-over-year)
- Northeast: 4.9% (+0.1% from July to August, -0.1% year-over-year)
- South: 4.7% (0% from July to August, -0.5% year-over-year)
- West: 5.3% (0% from July to August, -0.3% year-over-year)