While the national employment situation remained steady in August, many states are seeing changes in their unemployment rate. In August, there were rate decreases in 15 states, no change in 11 states, and rate increases in 24 states and the District of Columbia according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today. On a very positive note, 45 states and the District of Columbia have unemployment rate decreases from August 2014. Nationally, the unemployment rate is 1.1% lower than last year.
State Unemployment Statistics for August
From a state standpoint, there were 17 states with unemployment rates lower than the 6.1% national rate. New Mexico, Nebraska, Alabama and Georgia had the largest percentage change increase in employment for August. The following states added the most jobs in August:
- California +44,200 jobs
- Florida +22,700 jobs
- Texas +20,100 jobs
Since August 2013, employment has increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
August’s Regional Review
Regionally, the Midwest maintained having the lowest unemployment rate at 5.8%. Again in August, the West had the highest unemployment rate (6.6%). The only statistically significant changes in unemployment rate for the month occurred in the South (+0.2%) and the Midwest (-0.1%). The following over-the-year unemployment rate declines occurred since August 2013:
- Midwest -1.4%
- Northeast -1.4%
- West -1.4%
- South -0.7%
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