Friday, July 22, 2011

A State-Level Snapshot of June (Un)Employment Nationwide

This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published its Regional and State Employment and Unemployment monthly news release for June.

The release describes regional and state unemployment rates as little changed in June. This was the case in Oregon, where the seasonally adjusted rate was essentially unchanged, moving from 9.3 percent in May to 9.4 percent in June. Nationwide, 28 states and Washington, D.C. saw unemployment rate increases, 8 states recorded rate decreases, and 14 states had no change over the month.

Thirty-nine states posted unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, eight states and the District of Columbia reported increases, and three states had no change. In June, Oregon was one of only 14 states with statistically significant lower seasonally adjusted unemployment rates from June 2010.

On the employment side, 16 states recorded statistically significant changes from May to June. The BLS reports that the four states reporting the largest over-the-month statistically significant job gains were Texas (+32,000 jobs), California (+28,800), Michigan (+18,000), and Minnesota (+13,200). Over-the-month statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Tennessee (-16,900), Missouri (-15,700), Virginia (-14,600), and Kansas (-7,500).

Oregon was also one of only 18 states with statistically significant total nonfarm payroll increases over the previous year. From June 2010 to June 2011, Oregon's seasonally adjusted employment rose by 20,500 jobs, an increase of 1.3 percent.

Get more information and detailed tables in the full news release from BLS.

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