Earlier this week the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary on national data collected during July 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 July 2013 the national unemployment rate was little changed at 7.4%.
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 2.9%, with South Dakota at 3.7% and Nebraska at 4.4%.
When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 17 states below the 7.6% national unemployment rate, 11 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 7.9% while the Southern states have the lowest unemployment average at 7.3%.
The top three states adding the jobs in July were California adding the most jobs during the month with 38,100 jobs, followed by Georgia with 30,900 jobs and Florida adding 27,600 jobs. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during July was New Jersey with 11,800 jobs lost followed by Nevada with 10,200 jobs lost.
To view the full BLS report go to http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/laus.pdf. The next BLS report on Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary will be released on September 20, 2013 and that report will be covering employment data collected for August 2013.
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