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State Unemployment Update

State Unemployment Rates | November 2014

12/19/2014

Rates Down in 41 States in November

Unemployment rates decreased in 41 states and the District of Columbia in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Three states saw increases in unemployment for the month, while rates in six states and Puerto Rico remained unchanged.

Compared to a year ago, unemployment is down in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Four states saw higher unemployment over the year, while rates are unchanged in three states. The national unemployment rate for November was 5.8 percent.

California added 90,100 new jobs during November, followed by Florida and Texas, with 41,900 and 34,800 new jobs respectively. States with job losses were West Virginia, down by 5,200 jobs; Mississippi, which lost 4,500 jobs; and Kansas, which saw 4,100 jobs lost.

Mississippi led the states with the highest unemployment rate for November, at 7.3 percent, but that is down from 7.6 percent in October.

State unemployment rates for December will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

November 2014 State Unemployment Rates *   

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alabama

6.0

Montana

4.3

Alaska

6.6

Nebraska

3.1

Arizona

6.8

Nevada

6.9

Arkansas

5.8

New Hampshire

4.1

California

7.2

New Jersey

6.4

Colorado

4.1

New Mexico

6.4

Connecticut

6.5

New York

5.9

Delaware

6.0

North Carolina

5.8

D.C.

7.4

North Dakota

2.7

Florida

5.8

Ohio

5.0

Georgia

7.2

Oklahoma

4.4

Hawaii

4.0

Oregon

7.0

Idaho

3.9

Pennsylvania

5.1

Illinois

6.4

Puerto Rico

14.0

Indiana

5.7

Rhode Island

7.1

Iowa

4.3

South Carolina

6.7

Kansas

4.3

South Dakota

3.3

Kentucky

6.0

Tennessee

6.8

Louisiana

6.5

Texas

4.9

Maine

5.7

Utah

3.6

Maryland

5.6

Vermont

4.3

Massachusetts

5.8

Virginia

5.0

Michigan

6.7

Washington

6.2

Minnesota

3.7

West Virginia

6.3

Mississippi

7.3

Wisconsin

5.2

Missouri

5.6

Wyoming

4.5

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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