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Jobless rate down in 21 states

Staff writer ▼ | April 18, 2014
Twenty-one U.S. states had unemployment rate decreases in March, 17 states and the District of Columbia had increases, and 12 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
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Jobless rateTwenty-one U.S. states had unemployment rate decreases in March, 17 states and the District of Columbia had increases, and 12 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.


Forty-six states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier and four states had increases. The national jobless rate was unchanged from February at 6.7 percent but was 0.8 percentage point lower than in March 2013.

In March 2014, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 34 states, decreased in 16 states, and was unchanged in the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in Florida (+22,900), North Carolina (+19,400), and Georgia (+14,600). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Pennsylvania (-8,400), followed by Virginia (-5,100) and Illinois (-3,200).

The largest over-the-month percentage increases in employment occurred in North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming (+0.5 percent each). The largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment occurred in Nebraska (-0.3 percent), followed by New Mexico and Rhode Island (-0.2 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 45 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 5 states.

The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+4.5 percent), followed by Nevada (+3.8 percent) and Florida (+3.0 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Alaska, Kentucky, and New Mexico (-0.2 percent each).


 

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