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Regional & State Unemployment & Employment Summary December 2013

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Today on the eve of President Obama's State of the Union Address the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Unemployment and Employment Summary on national data collected during December 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 December 2013 the national unemployment rate dropped to 6. 7%.

Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment were Rhode Island at 9.1%, followed by Nevada at 8.8% with Illinois at 8.6%. North Dakota posted the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.6% followed by South Dakota and Nebraska both at 3.6%.

When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 17 states below the 6.7% national unemployment rate, 9 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 7.4% while the Southern states have the lowest unemployment average at 6.4%.

The top three states adding the jobs in December was Texas adding the most jobs during the month with 17,600 jobs, followed by Florida adding 14,100 jobs and California adding 13,600 jobs. The states reporting the most over the month job losses during December was New Jersey with 36,300 jobs lost followed by Pennsylvania with 11,400 jobs lost in December.

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

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