Jobless rate down in 26 states, up in 7 in March; payroll jobs down in 26 states, up in 23
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2013
Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in March.
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate
decreases, 7 states had increases, and 17 states had no change, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Thirty-nine states and
the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year
earlier, eight states had increases, and three states had no change.
The national jobless rate was little changed from February at 7.6
percent but was 0.6 percentage point lower than in March 2012.
In March 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 23 states,
decreased in 26 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged
in New Mexico. The largest over-the-month increases in employment
occurred in Florida (+32,700) and California (+25,500). The largest
over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-20,400),
followed by Illinois (-17,800). Utah had the largest over-the-month
percentage increase in employment (+0.5 percent), followed by Florida
and Wyoming (+0.4 percent each). Delaware and Kentucky had the largest
over-the-month percentage declines in employment (-0.7 percent and
-0.5 percent, respectively). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased
in 49 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 1 state. The
largest over-the-year percentage increases occurred in North Dakota (+4.4
percent) and Utah (+4.2 percent). The only over-the-year percentage
decrease in employment occurred in Pennsylvania (-0.1 percent).