According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the United States Department of Labor, regional and state unemployment rates changed little for the month of October. Thirty-seven states plus the District of Columbia recorded decreases in their overall unemployment rate, while seven states recorded increases and six states had no change in their rates. For forty-two states, plus the District of Columbia, the October unemployment rate is lower than October of 2011. The remaining eight states rates increased from the October 2011 unemployment rate. The national unemployment rate stands at 7.9 percent for the month of October. This rate is one percentage point lower than October of 2011.
Over the same month, non farm employment increased in thirty-five states plus the District of Columbia, and decreased in fifteen states. California recorded the largest increase in employment with 45,800 jobs gained, followed by Texas with 36,600 jobs gained and Georgia with 16,100 jobs gained. The largest decrease in unemployment was recorded by Michigan with a loss of 16,500 jobs, followed by New Jersey with a loss of 11,700 jobs, and Minnesota with 8,100 jobs lost.
Percentage wise, Utah recorded the largest increase in employment at +0.7 percent, followed by Louisiana and Montana, both of which recorded increases of +0.6 percent. The largest declines in employment were recorded by Alaska and Rhode Island with -0.5 percent declines, followed by Kentucky and Michigan with -0.4 percent decreases in employment.
Throughout 2012, non farm employment has increased in forty-three states plus the District of Columbia, and decreased in seven states. The largest percent increase over the year was recorded by North Dakota at +5.3 percent. The largest percent decrease over the year was recorded by West Virginia at -1.5 percent.
Of the four regions of the United States, the West recorded the highest seasonally adjusted regional unemployment rate in October at 9.0 percent, while the Midwest reported the lowest rate at 7.3 percent. Over the month of October, two regions reported statistically significant unemployment rate changes; the South reported a decline of -0.8 percent, and the West reported a decline of -0.1 percent. Significant changes in the unemployment rate over the course of the year were reported in three regions; the South and West at -1.1 percent each, and the Midwest at -0.9 percent. The four regions of the United States are the Northeast, South, Midwest and West.
Of the nine geographic divisions of the United States, the Pacific division reported the highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 9.5 percent. The West North Central division reported the lowest unemployment rate at 5.6 percent. Three divisions reported statistically significant unemployment rate changes over the month of October; the South Atlantic at -0.3 percent, and the Pacific and West South Central at -0.2 percent. Seven of the divisions had significant unemployment rate changes from October of 2011, all of them decreases. The largest of the unemployment rate decreases was recorded by the Pacific division at -1.3 percent. The nine geographic divisions of the United states are New England, Middle Atlantic, South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central, East North Central, West North Central, Mountain and Pacific.
Amongst the individual states, in October Nevada recorded the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent. The next highest rates were reported by Rhode Island at 10.4 percent, and California at 10.1 percent. The lowest unemployment rate in October was registered by North Dakota at 3.1 percent. Altogether, twenty three states reported unemployment rates lower than the national average of 7.9 percent; while ten states reported rates higher than the national average and seventeen states plus the District of Columbia reported rates that were not significantly different from the national unemployment rate.
Statistically significant unemployment rate decreases for the month of October were reported in fourteen states. The largest decrease occurred in South Carolina at -0.5 percent, followed by Alaska and Wisconsin, both at -0.4 percent. The other thirty six states plus the District of Columbia reported unemployment rates that were not statistically significantly different from their rates for the month of September, 2012.
Eighteen states, plus the District of Columbia reported statistically different unemployment rate changes from a year earlier, all of them declines. The largest decline from October of 2011 occurred in Nevada at -1.9 percent, followed by the District of Columbia and Mississippi at -1.8 percent each, Florida at -1.7 percent, and Idaho at -1.6 percent.
For October of 2012, fourteen states had statistically significant increases in employment over the previous month. The larges increase was in California, with a gain of +45,800, Texas at +36,600, and Georgia and +16,100. Four of the remaining states experienced statistically significant declines in employment, the larges of which was reported in Michigan at -16,500.
Over the past year, thirty one states experience statistically significant changes in employment; only West Virginia’s employment decreased. The state experienced a loss in jobs of -11,000. The most significant increase in jobs took place in California with +295,300, Texas with +277,400, and New York with +134,500.
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment for October, 2012 (includes charts and tables)
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