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State Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Friday, April 15, 2022 	                 USDL-22-0623

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              STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2022


Unemployment rates were lower in March in 37 states and stable in 13 states and
the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
All 50 states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier.
The national unemployment rate, 3.6 percent, declined by 0.2 percentage point
over the month and was 2.4 points lower than in March 2021. //LAUS Test 11142022//

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 10 states and was essentially unchanged
in 40 states and the District of Columbia in March 2022. Over the year, nonfarm
payroll employment increased in 49 states and the District and was essentially
unchanged in 1 state.

This news release presents statistics from two monthly programs. The civilian
labor force and unemployment data are modeled based largely on a survey of
households. These data pertain to individuals by where they reside. The employment
data are from an establishment survey that measures nonfarm employment, hours,
and earnings by industry. These data pertain to jobs on payrolls defined by where
the establishments are located. For more information about the concepts and 
statistical methodologies used by these two programs, see the Technical Note.

Unemployment

Nebraska and Utah had the lowest jobless rates in March, 2.0 percent each.
The next lowest rates were in Indiana, 2.2 percent, and Montana, 2.3 percent.
The rates in these four states set new series lows, as did the rates in the
following eight states (all state series begin in 1976): Alaska (5.0 percent),
Arizona (3.3 percent), Georgia (3.1 percent), Idaho (2.7 percent), Mississippi
(4.2 percent), Tennessee (3.2 percent), West Virginia (3.7 percent), and
Wisconsin (2.8 percent). The District of Columbia had the highest unemployment
rate, 6.0 percent, followed by New Mexico, 5.3 percent. In total, 15 states
had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.6 percent, 13 states 
and the District had higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not
appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 1.)

In March, 37 states had over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, the largest
of which was in Rhode Island (-0.5 percentage point). California, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey had the next largest rate decreases
(-0.4 percentage point each). Thirteen states and the District of Columbia
had jobless rates that were not notably different from those of a month earlier,
though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the 
significant changes. (See table B.)

The largest unemployment rate decrease from March 2021 occurred in Nevada
(-4.2 percentage points). California and New York experienced the next largest
decreases (-3.5 percentage points and -3.3 points, respectively). The smallest
over-the-year jobless rate declines occurred in Nebraska and the District of
Columbia (-0.6 percentage point each). (See table C.)

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 10 states and was essentially unchanged
in 40 states and the District of Columbia in March 2022. The largest job 
gains occurred in California (+60,200), New York (+28,100), and Massachusetts
(+21,000). The largest percentage increases occurred in Maine and Massachusetts
(+0.6 percent each), followed by Minnesota, New Jersey, and North Carolina
(+0.4 percent each). (See tables D and 3.)

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 49 states and the 
District of Columbia and was essentially unchanged in 1 state. The largest
job increases occurred in California (+1,041,900), Texas (+731,600), and Florida
(+497,800). The largest percentage increases occurred in Nevada (+9.1 percent),
California (+6.4 percent), and Hawaii (+6.3 percent). (See table E.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for March is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).
The State Employment and Unemployment news release for April is scheduled
to be released on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).



Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., March 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
--------------------------------------------------------------
United States (1) ...................|           3.6
                                     |
Alabama .............................|           2.9
Alaska ..............................|           5.0
California ..........................|           4.9
Connecticut .........................|           4.6
Delaware ............................|           4.5
District of Columbia ................|           6.0
Idaho ...............................|           2.7
Illinois ............................|           4.7
Indiana .............................|           2.2
Kansas ..............................|           2.5
                                     |
Maryland ............................|           4.6
Massachusetts .......................|           4.3
Michigan ............................|           4.4
Minnesota ...........................|           2.5
Montana .............................|           2.3
Nebraska ............................|           2.0
Nevada ..............................|           5.0
New Hampshire .......................|           2.5
New Mexico ..........................|           5.3
New York ............................|           4.6
                                     |
North Dakota ........................|           2.9
Oklahoma ............................|           2.7
Pennsylvania ........................|           4.9
South Dakota ........................|           2.5
Texas ...............................|           4.4
Utah ................................|           2.0
Vermont .............................|           2.7
Virginia ............................|           3.0
Wisconsin ...........................|           2.8
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   (1) Data are not preliminary.
   (p) = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from February 2022 to March 2022, seasonally adjusted
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              | February  |   March   |    change(p)
                                |   2022    |  2022(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     3.0   |     2.9   |      -0.1
Alaska .........................|     5.3   |     5.0   |       -.3
Arizona ........................|     3.6   |     3.3   |       -.3
California .....................|     5.3   |     4.9   |       -.4
Colorado .......................|     4.0   |     3.7   |       -.3
Connecticut ....................|     4.9   |     4.6   |       -.3
Florida ........................|     3.3   |     3.2   |       -.1
Idaho ..........................|     2.8   |     2.7   |       -.1
Illinois .......................|     4.8   |     4.7   |       -.1
Iowa ...........................|     3.5   |     3.3   |       -.2
                                |           |           |
Kentucky .......................|     4.2   |     4.0   |       -.2
Maine ..........................|     4.0   |     3.6   |       -.4
Maryland .......................|     5.0   |     4.6   |       -.4
Massachusetts ..................|     4.7   |     4.3   |       -.4
Michigan .......................|     4.7   |     4.4   |       -.3
Minnesota ......................|     2.7   |     2.5   |       -.2
Mississippi ....................|     4.5   |     4.2   |       -.3
Missouri .......................|     3.7   |     3.6   |       -.1
Montana ........................|     2.6   |     2.3   |       -.3
Nebraska .......................|     2.1   |     2.0   |       -.1
                                |           |           |
New Hampshire ..................|     2.7   |     2.5   |       -.2
New Jersey .....................|     4.6   |     4.2   |       -.4
New Mexico .....................|     5.6   |     5.3   |       -.3
New York .......................|     4.9   |     4.6   |       -.3
North Carolina .................|     3.7   |     3.5   |       -.2
Oregon .........................|     4.0   |     3.8   |       -.2
Pennsylvania ...................|     5.1   |     4.9   |       -.2
Rhode Island ...................|     3.9   |     3.4   |       -.5
South Dakota ...................|     2.6   |     2.5   |       -.1
Tennessee ......................|     3.4   |     3.2   |       -.2
                                |           |           |
Texas ..........................|     4.7   |     4.4   |       -.3
Utah ...........................|     2.1   |     2.0   |       -.1
Vermont ........................|     2.9   |     2.7   |       -.2
Virginia .......................|     3.2   |     3.0   |       -.2
Washington .....................|     4.3   |     4.2   |       -.1
West Virginia ..................|     3.9   |     3.7   |       -.2
Wyoming ........................|     3.6   |     3.4   |       -.2
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from March 2021 to March 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |   March   |   March   |    change(p)
                                |   2021    |  2022(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     3.7   |     2.9   |      -0.8
Alaska .........................|     7.0   |     5.0   |      -2.0
Arizona ........................|     5.8   |     3.3   |      -2.5
Arkansas .......................|     4.6   |     3.1   |      -1.5
California .....................|     8.4   |     4.9   |      -3.5
Colorado .......................|     6.1   |     3.7   |      -2.4
Connecticut ....................|     7.0   |     4.6   |      -2.4
Delaware .......................|     5.8   |     4.5   |      -1.3
District of Columbia ...........|     6.6   |     6.0   |       -.6
Florida ........................|     5.4   |     3.2   |      -2.2
                                |           |           |
Georgia ........................|     4.4   |     3.1   |      -1.3
Hawaii .........................|     6.6   |     4.1   |      -2.5
Idaho ..........................|     3.9   |     2.7   |      -1.2
Illinois .......................|     6.7   |     4.7   |      -2.0
Indiana ........................|     4.2   |     2.2   |      -2.0
Iowa ...........................|     4.4   |     3.3   |      -1.1
Kansas .........................|     3.5   |     2.5   |      -1.0
Kentucky .......................|     4.7   |     4.0   |       -.7
Louisiana ......................|     6.1   |     4.2   |      -1.9
Maine ..........................|     4.8   |     3.6   |      -1.2
                                |           |           |
Maryland .......................|     5.7   |     4.6   |      -1.1
Massachusetts ..................|     6.4   |     4.3   |      -2.1
Michigan .......................|     6.2   |     4.4   |      -1.8
Minnesota ......................|     3.7   |     2.5   |      -1.2
Mississippi ....................|     6.4   |     4.2   |      -2.2
Missouri .......................|     4.8   |     3.6   |      -1.2
Montana ........................|     3.6   |     2.3   |      -1.3
Nebraska .......................|     2.6   |     2.0   |       -.6
Nevada .........................|     9.2   |     5.0   |      -4.2
New Hampshire ..................|     3.9   |     2.5   |      -1.4
                                |           |           |
New Jersey .....................|     6.9   |     4.2   |      -2.7
New Mexico .....................|     7.2   |     5.3   |      -1.9
New York .......................|     7.9   |     4.6   |      -3.3
North Carolina .................|     5.2   |     3.5   |      -1.7
North Dakota ...................|     4.3   |     2.9   |      -1.4
Ohio ...........................|     5.7   |     4.1   |      -1.6
Oklahoma .......................|     4.7   |     2.7   |      -2.0
Oregon .........................|     6.1   |     3.8   |      -2.3
Pennsylvania ...................|     7.1   |     4.9   |      -2.2
Rhode Island ...................|     6.0   |     3.4   |      -2.6
                                |           |           |
South Carolina .................|     4.3   |     3.4   |       -.9
South Dakota ...................|     3.2   |     2.5   |       -.7
Tennessee ......................|     4.9   |     3.2   |      -1.7
Texas ..........................|     6.4   |     4.4   |      -2.0
Utah ...........................|     3.0   |     2.0   |      -1.0
Vermont ........................|     3.8   |     2.7   |      -1.1
Virginia .......................|     4.5   |     3.0   |      -1.5
Washington .....................|     5.8   |     4.2   |      -1.6
West Virginia ..................|     5.6   |     3.7   |      -1.9
Wisconsin ......................|     4.3   |     2.8   |      -1.5
Wyoming ........................|     5.0   |     3.4   |      -1.6
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
February 2022 to March 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-month change(p)
            State             |   February  |   March     |---------------------------
                              |     2022    |  2022(p)    |    Level    |   Percent
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
California ...................|  17,336,200 |  17,396,400 |      60,200 |      0.3
Illinois .....................|   5,976,100 |   5,994,400 |      18,300 |       .3
Maine ........................|     635,100 |     638,700 |       3,600 |       .6
Massachusetts ................|   3,630,100 |   3,651,100 |      21,000 |       .6
Michigan .....................|   4,315,400 |   4,330,300 |      14,900 |       .3
Minnesota ....................|   2,882,300 |   2,893,800 |      11,500 |       .4
New Jersey ...................|   4,157,400 |   4,175,200 |      17,800 |       .4
New York .....................|   9,347,100 |   9,375,200 |      28,100 |       .3
North Carolina ...............|   4,694,700 |   4,712,800 |      18,100 |       .4
Ohio .........................|   5,449,400 |   5,467,700 |      18,300 |       .3
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   (p) = preliminary.


Table E. States with statistically significant employment changes from
March 2021 to March 2022, seasonally adjusted
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              |             |             |  Over-the-year change(p)
            State             |   March     |   March     |---------------------------
                              |    2021     |  2022(p)    |    Level    |   Percent
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alabama ......................|   2,030,500 |   2,066,500 |      36,000 |      1.8
Arizona ......................|   2,920,700 |   3,029,500 |     108,800 |      3.7
Arkansas .....................|   1,273,200 |   1,308,500 |      35,300 |      2.8
California ...................|  16,354,500 |  17,396,400 |   1,041,900 |      6.4
Colorado .....................|   2,703,300 |   2,834,500 |     131,200 |      4.9
Connecticut ..................|   1,598,700 |   1,646,400 |      47,700 |      3.0
Delaware .....................|     447,600 |     456,900 |       9,300 |      2.1
District of Columbia .........|     728,900 |     763,800 |      34,900 |      4.8
Florida ......................|   8,733,700 |   9,231,500 |     497,800 |      5.7
Georgia ......................|   4,506,000 |   4,740,400 |     234,400 |      5.2
                              |             |             |             |       
Hawaii .......................|     564,200 |     599,900 |      35,700 |      6.3
Idaho ........................|     787,100 |     812,500 |      25,400 |      3.2
Illinois .....................|   5,756,100 |   5,994,400 |     238,300 |      4.1
Indiana ......................|   3,058,400 |   3,172,000 |     113,600 |      3.7
Iowa .........................|   1,531,200 |   1,563,700 |      32,500 |      2.1
Kansas .......................|   1,370,300 |   1,390,200 |      19,900 |      1.5
Kentucky .....................|   1,891,700 |   1,938,100 |      46,400 |      2.5
Louisiana ....................|   1,859,100 |   1,905,100 |      46,000 |      2.5
Maine ........................|     619,500 |     638,700 |      19,200 |      3.1
Maryland .....................|   2,621,100 |   2,703,200 |      82,100 |      3.1
                              |             |             |             |       
Massachusetts ................|   3,464,700 |   3,651,100 |     186,400 |      5.4
Michigan .....................|   4,156,200 |   4,330,300 |     174,100 |      4.2
Minnesota ....................|   2,828,400 |   2,893,800 |      65,400 |      2.3
Mississippi ..................|   1,128,600 |   1,158,100 |      29,500 |      2.6
Missouri .....................|   2,822,200 |   2,904,300 |      82,100 |      2.9
Montana ......................|     487,800 |     505,200 |      17,400 |      3.6
Nebraska .....................|   1,002,600 |   1,025,400 |      22,800 |      2.3
Nevada .......................|   1,319,800 |   1,440,200 |     120,400 |      9.1
New Hampshire ................|     654,800 |     679,900 |      25,100 |      3.8
New Jersey ...................|   3,957,900 |   4,175,200 |     217,300 |      5.5
                              |             |             |             |       
New Mexico ...................|     798,800 |     845,900 |      47,100 |      5.9
New York .....................|   8,919,100 |   9,375,200 |     456,100 |      5.1
North Carolina ...............|   4,527,500 |   4,712,800 |     185,300 |      4.1
North Dakota .................|     413,100 |     425,900 |      12,800 |      3.1
Ohio .........................|   5,354,300 |   5,467,700 |     113,400 |      2.1
Oklahoma .....................|   1,637,600 |   1,674,400 |      36,800 |      2.2
Oregon .......................|   1,852,900 |   1,936,200 |      83,300 |      4.5
Pennsylvania .................|   5,706,400 |   5,902,300 |     195,900 |      3.4
Rhode Island .................|     474,600 |     491,700 |      17,100 |      3.6
South Carolina ...............|   2,133,600 |   2,191,000 |      57,400 |      2.7
                              |             |             |             |       
South Dakota .................|     436,500 |     445,700 |       9,200 |      2.1
Tennessee ....................|   3,074,500 |   3,199,300 |     124,800 |      4.1
Texas ........................|  12,476,000 |  13,207,600 |     731,600 |      5.9
Utah .........................|   1,592,300 |   1,652,800 |      60,500 |      3.8
Vermont ......................|     289,400 |     299,600 |      10,200 |      3.5
Virginia .....................|   3,911,700 |   4,020,900 |     109,200 |      2.8
Washington ...................|   3,306,200 |   3,475,700 |     169,500 |      5.1
West Virginia ................|     684,700 |     696,500 |      11,800 |      1.7
Wisconsin ....................|   2,867,000 |   2,927,900 |      60,900 |      2.1
Wyoming ......................|     276,500 |     284,600 |       8,100 |      2.9
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   (p) = preliminary.



Last Modified Date: November 14, 2022