Today the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary on national data collected during August 2013. 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 August 2013 the national unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3%.
Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment were Nevada at 9.5%, followed by Illinois at 9.2%. North Dakota posted the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 3%, with South Dakota at 3.8% and Nebraska at 4.2%.
When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 15 states below the 7.3% national unemployment rate, 11 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 8% while the Southern states have the lowest unemployment average at 7.2%.
The top three states adding the jobs in August were New York adding the most jobs during the month with 30,400 jobs, followed by California with 29,100 jobs added. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during August was Georgia with 16,100 jobs lost followed by Ohio with 8,200 jobs lost in August.
To view the full BLS report go to http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/laus_09202013.pdf. The next BLS report on Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary will be released on October 22, 2013 and that report will be covering employment data collected for September 2013.
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