While year-over-year regional unemployment continues to trend in a positive direction, there is little month-over-month change. Two regions had an unemployment rate significantly different from the national average. On a state level, the majority of states did not see significant month-over-month unemployment rate changes.
Tech Sector Adds Jobs in July
The unemployment rate in technology continues to impress, maintaining a significantly lower unemployment rate compared with the national average (2.7 percent for tech vs. 4.9 percent for the United States).
These are states that added the most IT jobs in July:
- Florida: +12,100 IT jobs added
- Texas: +10,000 IT jobs added
- Maryland: +6,200 IT jobs added
- California: +5,700 IT jobs added
- Michigan: +5,000 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: +77,800 IT jobs added and +374,600 total jobs added since July 2015
- Florida: +53,400 IT jobs added and +250,200 total jobs added since July 2015
- Michigan: +33,300 IT jobs added and +105,500 total jobs added since July 2015
- Georgia: +32,200 IT jobs added and +116,200 total jobs added since July 2015
- North Carolina: +28,600 IT jobs added and +94,100 total jobs added since July 2015
Thousands Added to Labor Force in California, Georgia
Thirty-seven states saw an improvement or remained stagnant in their unemployment rates compared with June. California and Georgia saw the most significant additions to their civilian labor force once again, adding 60,165 and 13,033 to their employment force month-over-month.
Here’s a snapshot of July’s regional unemployment figures:
- Midwest: 4.5% (-0.2% from June to July, -0.2% year-over-year)
- Northeast: 4.8% (0% from June to July, -0.3% year-over-year)
- South: 4.7% (0% from June to July, -0.5% year-over-year)
- West: 5.3% (+0.1% from June to July, -0.4% year-over-year)