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State Unemployment Update

State Unemployment Rates | August 2014

9/19/2014

Rates Increased in 24 States in August

Unemployment rates went up in 24 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rates dropped in 15 states and remained unchanged in 11 states. 

Compared to a year ago, unemployment rates have declined in 45 states and D.C. The national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, down 1.1 percentage points from a year ago.

California, Florida and Texas led the states in job growth, with 44,200 new jobs in California, followed by 22,700 and 20,100 new jobs in Florida and Texas, respectively.  Michigan saw the largest job losses for the month, down 9,500 jobs in August.

For the first time in the recession and recovery, Georgia led the states with the highest unemployment rate, at 8.1 percent. That is up from 7.8 percent in July.

State unemployment rates for September will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

August 2014 State Unemployment Rates *   

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alabama

6.9

Montana

4.7

Alaska

6.8

Nebraska

3.6

Arizona

7.1

Nevada

7.6

Arkansas

6.3

New Hampshire

4.4

California

7.4

New Jersey

6.6

Colorado

5.1

New Mexico

6.7

Connecticut

6.6

New York

6.4

Delaware

6.5

North Carolina

6.8

D.C.

7.6

North Dakota

2.8

Florida

6.3

Ohio

5.7

Georgia

8.1

Oklahoma

4.7

Hawaii

4.3

Oregon

7.2

Idaho

4.7

Pennsylvania

5.8

Illinois

6.7

Puerto Rico

13.5

Indiana

5.8

Rhode Island

7.7

Iowa

4.5

South Carolina

6.4

Kansas

4.9

South Dakota

3.6

Kentucky

7.1

Tennessee

7.4

Louisiana

5.8

Texas

5.3

Maine

5.6

Utah

3.6

Maryland

6.4

Vermont

4.1

Massachusetts

5.8

Virginia

5.6

Michigan

7.4

Washington

5.6

Minnesota

4.3

West Virginia

6.6

Mississippi

7.9

Wisconsin

5.6

Missouri

6.3

Wyoming

4.6

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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