July jobless rates down in 24 states, New Jersey leads in losing jobsStaff writer ▼ | August 21, 2015
Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from June, 14 states had increases, and 12 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
Employment The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported:
The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Utah.
In July 2015, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 34 states and decreased in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+80,700), Texas (+31,400), and Florida (+30,500).
The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in New Jersey (-13,600), followed by Louisiana (-4,500) and Kansas (-4,300). The largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment occurred in Wyoming (+0.9 percent), followed by Oklahoma and Rhode Island (+0.7 percent each).
The largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment occurred in North Dakota (-0.5 percent), followed by Hawaii, Kansas, New Jersey, and West Virginia (-0.3 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 47 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 2 states, and was unchanged in Alaska.
The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Utah (+4.4 percent), followed by Nevada (+3.7 percent) and Florida (+3.5 percent). The over-the-year percentage decreases occurred in West Virginia (-2.5 percent) and North Dakota (-0.6 percent). ■