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State Unemployment Update

State Unemployment Rates | July 2014

8/18/2014
 
 

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Rates increased in 30 states in July

Unemployment rates increased in 30 states in July, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Rates in 12 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico were unchanged for the month, while rates dropped in eight states.

Compared to last year, unemployment is down in 49 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

The states adding the most jobs were Texas, with 46,600 new jobs; California, with 27,700 new jobs; and Michigan, which added 17,900 new jobs. Ohio lost the highest number of jobs, down by 12,400 positions.

For the first time, Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate among the states, at 8.0 percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.8 percent, a distinction the state as held throughout the recession and recovery.

State unemployment rates for August will be released on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release.

July 2014 State Unemployment Rates *   

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alabama

7.0

Montana

4.6

Alaska

6.5

Nebraska

3.6

Arizona

7.0

Nevada

7.7

Arkansas

6.2

New Hampshire

4.4

California

7.4

New Jersey

6.5

Colorado

5.3

New Mexico

6.6

Connecticut

6.6

New York

6.6

Delaware

6.2

North Carolina

6.5

D.C.

7.4

North Dakota

2.8

Florida

6.2

Ohio

5.7

Georgia

7.8

Oklahoma

4.6

Hawaii

4.4

Oregon

6.9

Idaho

4.8

Pennsylvania

5.7

Illinois

6.8

Puerto Rico

13.1

Indiana

5.9

Rhode Island

7.7

Iowa

4.5

South Carolina

5.7

Kansas

4.9

South Dakota

3.7

Kentucky

7.4

Tennessee

7.1

Louisiana

5.4

Texas

5.1

Maine

5.5

Utah

3.6

Maryland

6.1

Vermont

3.7

Massachusetts

5.6

Virginia

5.4

Michigan

7.7

Washington

5.6

Minnesota

4.5

West Virginia

6.3

Mississippi

8.0

Wisconsin

5.8

Missouri

6.5

Wyoming

4.4

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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