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Mon Mar 12, 2018, 10:29 AM

BLS report: January jobless rates down in 6 states; payroll jobs up in 3 states, down in 1

January jobless rates down in 6 states; payroll jobs up in 3 states, down in 1

State Employment and Unemployment Summary USDL-18-0372
For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Monday, March 12, 2018

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STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JANUARY 2018


Unemployment rates were lower in January in 6 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 44 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sixteen states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 34 states and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate was unchanged from December at 4.1 percent but was 0.7 percentage point lower than in January 2017.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 3 states in January 2018, decreased in 1 state, and was essentially unchanged in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year, 21 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 29 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Unemployment

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in January, 2.1 percent. The rates in Alabama (3.7 percent), California (4.4 percent), Maine (3.0 percent), and Mississippi (4.6 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 7.3 percent. In total, 18 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 4.1 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 1.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for January is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The State Employment and Unemployment news release for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 23, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
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