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February's Labor Department Employment and Unemployment Report

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Today the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary on national data collected during February 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 February 2014 the national unemployment rate remains little changed at 6.7%.

Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment were Rhode island at 9% and Nevada at 8.5%. North Dakota was the sate with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.6% with South Dakota and Nebraska at 3.6% each.

When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 22 states below the 6.7% national unemployment rate, 6 states above the national unemployment rate and 22 states statistically close to the national unemployment rate. Regionally, the Western states have the highest unemployment average at 7.2% while the states in the Southern region have the lowest unemployment average at 6.1%.

The top three states adding the jobs in February was California adding the most jobs during the month with 58,800 jobs, followed by Texas adding 37,600 jobs and Florida adding 33,400 jobs. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during February was North Carolina with 11,300 jobs lost followed by Wisconsin posting 9,500 jobs lost in February.

To view the full BLS report go to Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – February 2014. The next BLS report on Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary will be released on April 18, 2014 and that report will be covering employment data collected for March 2014.

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