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State Unemployment Update

State Unemployment Rates | March 2014

4/18/2014
 
 

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Rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17

State unemployment figures for March were mixed, with unemployment rates dropping in 21 states, increasing in 17 states and remaining steady in 12 states. The unemployment rate rose in the District of Columbia and declined in Puerto Rico for the month. 

Compared to a year ago, unemployment has decreased in 46 states and D.C., while rates in four states—Alabama, Alaska, Missouri and New Mexico, as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico—increased over the year. The national unemployment rate for March was 6.7 percent, down 0.8 percentage points from March 2013.

Rhode Island again led the states with the highest unemployment rate for March, at 8.7 percent. That is still down from the 9.1 percent unemployment rate the state posted for March 2013, and well below the 13.0 percent unemployment rate Rhode Island experienced in Sept. 2009, at the height of the recession. At 8.5 percent, Nevada had the next highest unemployment rate for the month, followed by Illinois, at 8.4 percent unemployment. 

The largest increases in employment occurred in Florida, with 22,900 new jobs; North Carolina, which added 19,400 positions; and Georgia, which saw 14,600 new jobs created in March. Pennsylvania, Virginia and Illinois experienced the largest jobs losses, shedding 8,400, 5,100, and 3,200 jobs respectively.

State unemployment figures for April will be released on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release.

March 2014 State Unemployment Rates *    

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alabama

6.7

Montana

5.1

Alaska

6.6

Nebraska

3.7

Arizona

7.3

Nevada

8.5

Arkansas

6.9

New Hampshire

4.5

California

8.1

New Jersey

7.2

Colorado

6.2

New Mexico

7.0

Connecticut

7.0

New York

6.9

Delaware

5.9

North Carolina

6.3

D.C.

7.5

North Dakota

2.6

Florida

6.3

Ohio

6.1

Georgia

7.0

Oklahoma

4.9

Hawaii

4.5

Oregon

6.9

Idaho

5.2

Pennsylvania

6.0

Illinois

8.4

Puerto Rico

14.7

Indiana

5.9

Rhode Island

8.7

Iowa

4.5

South Carolina

5.5

Kansas

4.9

South Dakota

3.7

Kentucky

7.9

Tennessee

6.7

Louisiana

4.5

Texas

5.5

Maine

5.9

Utah

4.1

Maryland

5.6

Vermont

3.4

Massachusetts

6.3

Virginia

5.0

Michigan

7.5

Washington

6.3

Minnesota

4.8

West Virginia

6.1

Mississippi

7.6

Wisconsin

5.9

Missouri

6.7

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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