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Characteristics of Unemployment Insurance Applicants and Benefit Recipients 2018 Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, September 25, 2019                        USDL-18-1501

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  Characteristics of Unemployment Insurance Applicants and Benefit Recipients 2018


Unemployment rates were lower in August in 13 states, higher in 3 states, and stable
in 34 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Eleven states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 39 states and
the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate was unchanged from
July at 3.9 percent but was 0.5 percentage point lower than in August 2017. //UISUP QCT Resilio Test 10/02/2023//

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 4 states in August 2018 and was essentially
unchanged in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year, 35 states added
nonfarm payroll jobs and 15 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Unemployment

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in August, 2.1 percent. The rates in Idaho
(2.8 percent), Oregon (3.8 percent), South Carolina (3.4 percent), and Washington (4.5
percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest
jobless rate, 6.7 percent. In total, 15 states had unemployment rates lower than the
U.S. figure of 3.9 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and
26 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See
tables A and 1.)

In August, 13 states had unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which were in
Alaska, Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina (-0.2 percentage point each).
Three states had over-the-month rate increases: Maine (+0.2 percentage point) and 
Colorado and Wyoming (+0.1 point each). The remaining 34 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.)

Eleven states had unemployment rate changes from August 2017, all of which were
decreases. The largest decline occurred in New Mexico (-1.4 percentage points).
(See table C.)
 
Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Four states had over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll employment in August 2018:
California (+44,800), Texas (+32,000), Arizona (+21,900), and Florida (+20,500). In
percentage terms, the largest increase occurred in Arizona (+0.8 percent), followed by
California and Texas (+0.3 percent each) and Florida (+0.2 percent). (See table 3.)

Thirty-five states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in August.
The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+394,500), California (+348,900), and Florida
(+220,200). The largest percentage gain occurred in Utah (+3.5 percent), followed by
Nevada and Washington (+3.3 percent each). (See table D.)

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The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The State Employment
and Unemployment news release for September is scheduled to be released on Friday,
October 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly different
from that of the U.S., August 2018, seasonally adjusted
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                State                |          Rate(p)
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United States (1) ...................|           3.9
                                     |
Alaska ..............................|           6.7
Arizona .............................|           4.6
Colorado ............................|           2.9
District of Columbia ................|           5.6
Hawaii ..............................|           2.1
Idaho ...............................|           2.8
Iowa ................................|           2.5
Kansas ..............................|           3.3
Louisiana ...........................|           5.0
Maine ...............................|           3.2
                                     |
Minnesota ...........................|           2.9
Mississippi .........................|           4.8
Nebraska ............................|           2.8
Nevada ..............................|           4.5
New Hampshire .......................|           2.7
New Mexico ..........................|           4.6
North Dakota ........................|           2.6
Ohio ................................|           4.6
South Dakota ........................|           3.0
Utah ................................|           3.1
                                     |
Vermont .............................|           2.8
Virginia ............................|           3.0
Washington ..........................|           4.5
West Virginia .......................|           5.3
Wisconsin ...........................|           3.0
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   1 Data are not preliminary.
   p = preliminary.


Table B. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from July 2018 to August 2018, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------| Over-the-month
             State              |    July   |   August  |    change(p)
                                |    2018   |   2018(p) |
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Alaska .........................|     6.9   |     6.7   |      -0.2
Colorado .......................|     2.8   |     2.9   |        .1
Georgia ........................|     3.9   |     3.8   |       -.1
Idaho ..........................|     2.9   |     2.8   |       -.1
Iowa ...........................|     2.6   |     2.5   |       -.1
Maine ..........................|     3.0   |     3.2   |        .2
Michigan .......................|     4.3   |     4.1   |       -.2
Minnesota ......................|     3.0   |     2.9   |       -.1
New Mexico .....................|     4.7   |     4.6   |       -.1
New York .......................|     4.3   |     4.2   |       -.1
                                |           |           |
North Carolina .................|     4.1   |     3.9   |       -.2
Oklahoma .......................|     3.8   |     3.7   |       -.1
South Carolina .................|     3.6   |     3.4   |       -.2
South Dakota ...................|     3.1   |     3.0   |       -.1
Washington .....................|     4.6   |     4.5   |       -.1
Wyoming ........................|     3.8   |     3.9   |        .1
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   p = preliminary.


Table C. States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from August 2017 to August 2018, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------|-----------|  Over-the-year
             State              |   August  |   August  |    change(p)
                                |    2017   |   2018(p) |
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Alaska .........................|     7.2   |     6.7   |      -0.5
California .....................|     4.6   |     4.2   |       -.4
Delaware .......................|     4.6   |     3.9   |       -.7
Georgia ........................|     4.5   |     3.8   |       -.7
Illinois .......................|     5.0   |     4.1   |       -.9
Iowa ...........................|     3.0   |     2.5   |       -.5
New Mexico .....................|     6.0   |     4.6   |      -1.4
New York .......................|     4.7   |     4.2   |       -.5
Pennsylvania ...................|     4.8   |     4.1   |       -.7
South Carolina .................|     4.2   |     3.4   |       -.8
Virginia .......................|     3.7   |     3.0   |       -.7
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   p = preliminary.


Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from August 2017 to
August 2018, seasonally adjusted
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                              |             |             | Over-the-year change(p)
           State              |    August   |    August   |---------------------------
                              |     2017    |    2018(p)  |    Level    |    Percent
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Alabama ......................|   2,017,900 |   2,040,500 |      22,600 |      1.1
Arizona ......................|   2,785,200 |   2,864,900 |      79,700 |      2.9
California ...................|  16,843,000 |  17,191,900 |     348,900 |      2.1
Colorado .....................|   2,668,300 |   2,740,500 |      72,200 |      2.7
Florida ......................|   8,602,000 |   8,822,200 |     220,200 |      2.6
Georgia ......................|   4,464,300 |   4,553,200 |      88,900 |      2.0
Hawaii .......................|     649,200 |     666,900 |      17,700 |      2.7
Idaho ........................|     717,500 |     739,500 |      22,000 |      3.1
Illinois .....................|   6,072,500 |   6,120,000 |      47,500 |       .8
Iowa .........................|   1,572,200 |   1,593,300 |      21,100 |      1.3
                              |             |             |             |       
Kansas .......................|   1,403,700 |   1,430,300 |      26,600 |      1.9
Massachusetts ................|   3,617,000 |   3,685,100 |      68,100 |      1.9
Michigan .....................|   4,378,200 |   4,434,500 |      56,300 |      1.3
Minnesota ....................|   2,932,100 |   2,976,500 |      44,400 |      1.5
Mississippi ..................|   1,151,000 |   1,169,500 |      18,500 |      1.6
Missouri .....................|   2,870,400 |   2,905,700 |      35,300 |      1.2
Nebraska .....................|   1,018,000 |   1,032,300 |      14,300 |      1.4
Nevada .......................|   1,344,600 |   1,389,400 |      44,800 |      3.3
New Hampshire ................|     677,400 |     689,300 |      11,900 |      1.8
New Jersey ...................|   4,134,200 |   4,195,700 |      61,500 |      1.5
                              |             |             |             |       
New Mexico ...................|     830,000 |     846,300 |      16,300 |      2.0
New York .....................|   9,541,600 |   9,631,800 |      90,200 |       .9
North Carolina ...............|   4,424,800 |   4,527,600 |     102,800 |      2.3
Ohio .........................|   5,535,500 |   5,625,700 |      90,200 |      1.6
Oklahoma .....................|   1,662,900 |   1,696,000 |      33,100 |      2.0
Oregon .......................|   1,876,300 |   1,920,800 |      44,500 |      2.4
Pennsylvania .................|   5,953,100 |   6,018,500 |      65,400 |      1.1
South Carolina ...............|   2,089,800 |   2,130,400 |      40,600 |      1.9
Tennessee ....................|   3,014,400 |   3,070,400 |      56,000 |      1.9
Texas ........................|  12,232,000 |  12,626,500 |     394,500 |      3.2
                              |             |             |             |       
Utah .........................|   1,471,400 |   1,523,300 |      51,900 |      3.5
Virginia .....................|   3,955,900 |   4,010,700 |      54,800 |      1.4
Washington ...................|   3,330,900 |   3,439,700 |     108,800 |      3.3
Wisconsin ....................|   2,943,500 |   2,987,700 |      44,200 |      1.5
Wyoming ......................|     282,400 |     288,900 |       6,500 |      2.3
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   p = preliminary.



Last Modified Date: October 02, 2023