Yesterday the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary on national data collected during April 2014. Each month this government agency reports on each state's unemployment rate and then compiles a national, regional and state profile of unemployment. According to the report during the month of April 2014 the national unemployment rate fell to 6.3%.with 43 states reporting a drop in unemployment.
Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment were Rhode island at 8.3% with Nevada at 8% and d Illinois 8.4%. North Dakota was the sate with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.6% followed by Vermont at 3.3%. Overall there were 39 states reporting a pickup in hiring.
When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 19 states below the 6.2% national unemployment rate, 7 states above the national unemployment rate and 24 states statistically close to the national unemployment rate. Regionally, the Western states have the highest unemployment average at 7% while the states in the Southern region have the lowest unemployment average at 5.9%.
The top three states adding the jobs in April were Texas adding the most jobs during the month with 64,100 jobs, followed by California adding 56,100 jobs and Florida adding 34,000 jobs. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during April were Illinois with 6,800 jobs lost followed by Minnesota posting 4,200 jobs lost in April.
To view the full BLS report go to Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – April 2014. The next BLS report on Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary will be released on June 20, 2014 and that report will be covering employment data collected for May 2014.
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