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State Unemployment Update

State Unemployment Rates | June 2014

7/18/2014
 
 

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Rates dropped in 22 states in June

Unemployment decreased in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rates went up in 14 states and were unchanged in the remaining 14 states.

Compared to a year ago, unemployment is down in 49 states and D.C. The national unemployment rate for June is 6.1 percent, down 1.4 percentage points from a year ago.

Among the states, Florida saw the largest increase in jobs, with 37,400 new jobs in June, followed by California and New York, which had 24,200 and 22,500 new jobs created, respectively. Georgia lost the most jobs during June, down by 9,500 jobs. West Virginia lost 9,100 jobs and Alaska lost 5,900.

Mississippi and Rhode Island led the states with highest unemployment rate, tied at 7.9 percent each. This marks the first time Mississippi has ranked highest in unemployment, while Rhode Island has consistently been among the states with the highest unemployment throughout the recession and recovery.

State unemployment figures for July will be released on Monday, August 18, 2014.

Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release.

June 2014 State Unemployment Rates *   

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alabama

6.8

Montana

4.5

Alaska

6.4

Nebraska

3.5

Arizona

6.9

Nevada

7.7

Arkansas

6.2

New Hampshire

4.4

California

7.4

New Jersey

6.6

Colorado

5.5

New Mexico

6.5

Connecticut

6.7

New York

6.6

Delaware

6.1

North Carolina

6.4

D.C.

7.4

North Dakota

2.7

Florida

6.2

Ohio

5.5

Georgia

7.4

Oklahoma

4.5

Hawaii

4.4

Oregon

6.8

Idaho

4.7

Pennsylvania

5.6

Illinois

7.1

Puerto Rico

13.1

Indiana

5.9

Rhode Island

7.9

Iowa

4.4

South Carolina

5.3

Kansas

4.9

South Dakota

3.8

Kentucky

7.4

Tennessee

6.6

Louisiana

5.0

Texas

5.1

Maine

5.5

Utah

3.5

Maryland

5.8

Vermont

3.5

Massachusetts

5.5

Virginia

5.3

Michigan

7.5

Washington

5.8

Minnesota

4.5

West Virginia

6.2

Mississippi

7.9

Wisconsin

5.7

Missouri

6.5

Wyoming

4.0

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

*  Preliminary figures from BLS.

Note that NCSL cannot provide advice or assistance to private citizens or businesses regarding employment-related matters.  Please consult your state department of labor or a private attorney.

 

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