State and regional unemployment rates in May 2016 were on par with the national unemployment of 4.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Regional Jobs Report for the month. The West was the only region with an unemployment rate significantly different from that of the U.S., at 5.1 percent. While month-over-month unemployment rates were stable in forty-one states and the District of Columbia, four states saw a decrease and five states saw an increase in their unemployment rates.
Job Growth Continues in IT Sector
The unemployment rate in the tech sector, at 2.8 percent, is almost half of the national unemployment rate, indicating the strength of the field and the demand for workers in this sector.
These are states that added the most IT jobs in May:
- California: +12,800 IT jobs added
- Florida: +7,500 IT jobs added
- New York: +5,400 IT jobs added
- Maryland: +3,300 IT jobs added
- Washington: +2,300 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: +85,700 IT jobs added and +443,200 total jobs added since May 2015
- Florida: +45,300 IT jobs added and +253,900 total jobs added since May 2015
- Georgia: +30,000 IT jobs added and +124,600 total jobs added since May 2015
- Michigan: +23,400 IT jobs added and +79,900 total jobs added since May 2015
- North Carolina: +23,200 IT jobs added and +78,100 total jobs added since May 2015
Florida, California See Double Digit Improvements
Employment was steady for the majority of states in May 2016, but Florida and California saw significant growth in the employment force with an increase of 24,500 and 15,200 employed workers respectively month-over-month. All but six states saw year-over-year improvement in employment.
Here’s a snapshot of May’s regional unemployment figures:
- Northeast: 4.8% (0% from April to May, -0.6% year-over-year)
- South: 4.8% (-0.1% from April to May, -0.5% year-over-year)
- West: 5.1% (0% from April to May, -0.8% year-over-year)
- Midwest: 4.8% (-0.1% from April to May, -0.1% year-over-year)