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November 2013 Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary

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Last week the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary on national data collected during November 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 November 2013 the national unemployment rate remains little changed at 7%.

Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment were Nevada and Rhode Island at 9% each with Michigan following at 8.8%. North Dakota posted the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.7% with South Dakota at 3.6% and Nebraska at 3.7%.

When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 18 states below the 7% national unemployment rate, 8 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 7.6% while the Southern states have the lowest unemployment average at 6.7%.

The top three states adding the jobs in November was California adding the most jobs during the month with 44,300 jobs, followed by Texas adding 28,700 jobs and Indiana adding 25,200 jobs. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during November was Ohio with 12,000 jobs lost followed by North Carolina with 6,500 jobs lost in November.

To view the full BLS report go to Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – November 2013. The next BLS report on Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary will be released on January 28, 2014 and that report will be covering employment data collected for December 2013.

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