Earlier this week the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary on national data collected during the month of December 2015. Each month this government agency reports on each state’s unemployment rate and then compiles a national, regional and state profile of unemployment. According to the report during the month of December unemployment was 5% which is .6 percentage points lower than in December 2014.
Nationally the states reporting the highest unemployment was New Mexico at 6.7% with the District of Columbia at 6.7%. North Dakota was the state with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.7% followed by Nebraska and South Dakota at 2.9%.
When compared to the national unemployment rate there are 18 states below the 5% national unemployment rate, 9 states above the national unemployment rate and 23 states were statistically close to the national unemployment rate. Regionally, the Western states have the highest unemployment average at 5.4% while the states in the Midwest region have the lowest unemployment average at 4.7%.
The top states adding the most jobs in July were California adding 60,400 jobs during the month followed by Texas adding 24,900 jobs. The state reporting the most over the month job losses during December was North Dakota with -18,800 jobs lost. For the month of December unemployment unchanged statistically from the previous month.
To view the full BLS report go to Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – December 2015. The next BLS report on: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary will be released on March 14, 2016 and that report will be covering employment data collected for January 2016.
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