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Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary March 2014

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Last Friday the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary on national data collected during March 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 March 2014 the national unemployment rate remains unchanged at 6.7%.

Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment were Rhode island at 8.7% with Nevada at 8.5% 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 3.4%.

When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 24 states below the 6.7% national unemployment rate, 5 states above the national unemployment rate and 21 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%.

The top three states adding the jobs in March was Florida adding the most jobs during the month with 22,900 jobs, followed by North Carolina adding 19,400 jobs and Georgia adding 14,600 jobs. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during March was Pennsylvania with 8,400 jobs lost followed by Virginia posting 5,100 jobs lost in March .

To view the full BLS report go to Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – March 2014. The next BLS report on Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary will be released on May 16, 2014 and that report will be covering employment data collected for April 2014.

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