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Labor Department Releases Employment and Unemployment Summary

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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 June 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 June 2014 the national unemployment rate was 6.1% which is down 1.4 percentage points lower than in June 2013.

Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment were Mississippi and Rhode Island at 7.9%. North Dakota was the state with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.7% followed by Nebraska, Utah and Vermont were all at 3.5%.

When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 17 states below the 6.1% national unemployment rate, 8 states above the national unemployment rate and 25 states were statistically close to the national unemployment rate. Regionally, the Western states have the highest unemployment average at 6.7% while the states in the Midwest region have the lowest unemployment average at 5.9%.

The top three states adding the jobs in June were Florida adding the most jobs during the month with 37,400 jobs, followed by California adding 24,200 jobs and New York adding 22,500 jobs. During June 2014 nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states and decreased in 17 states. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during June were West Virginia with 9,100 jobs lost followed by Alaska posting 5,900 jobs lost in June.

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

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