Unemployment Down in 37 States Compared to August 2010

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Two-thirds of the states reported improvement in the unemployment in August 2011 compared with the same month in 2010.

Two-thirds of the states reported improvement in the unemployment in August 2011 compared with the same month in 2010.

Although More than half the states, 26 plus the District of Columbia, reported unemployment rate increases, in August, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, 16 Sept. 2011, there appears to be hope the jobs market is slowly recovering.

There are significant signs that the employment situation is slowly improving. The Bueau of Labor Statistics reported 37 states registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, and two states experienced no change. The national jobless rate was unchanged at 9.1% for August, but was 0.5% points lower than a year earlier.

Nevada continued to have highest unemployment rate, 13.4%, in August. California posted the next highest rate, 12.1%.

North Dakota registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.5%, followed by Nebraska, 4.2%. In total, 25 states reported jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 9.1%, and 17 states had rates that were about the same as the nation as whole.

Thus far during 2011, 25 states has significant changes in employment, 24 of which were increases. The largest increase occurred in Texas (+253,200), followed by California (+171,300), New York (+83,400), Ohio (+80,300), and Michigan (+79,800). The only state with an over-the-year statistically significant decrease in employment was Georgia (-29,500), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

States with statistically significant employment changes from
August 2010 to August 2011, seasonally adjusted

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| August | August | Over-the-year
State                                     | 2010 | 2011   | change
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Arizona……………………| 2,368,700 | 2,408,400 | 39,700
California…………………| 13,885,900 | 14,057,200 | 171,300
Georgia……………………| 3,827,700 | 3,798,200 | -29,500
Hawaii…………………….| 581,800 | 590,200 | 8,400
Illinois…………………….| 5,617,700 | 5,660,100 | 42,400
Iowa……………………….| 1,466,200 | 1,486,200 | 20,000
Kentucky………………….| 1,771,400 | 1,793,300 | 21,900
Louisiana…………………| 1,880,500 | 1,912,100 | 31,600
Massachusetts……….. …| 3,187,600 | 3,235,600 | 48,000
Michigan………………….| 3,854,600 | 3,934,400 | 79,800
Minnesota…………………| 2,637,800 | 2,682,100 | 44,300
Nebraska……………….. ..| 940,200 | 956,600 | 16,400
New Hampshire………….| 621,800 | 632,500 | 10,700
New York…………………. | 8,554,100 | 8,637,500 | 83,400
North Dakota……………..| 376,100 | 395,000 | 18,900
Ohio…………………………| 5,036,200 | 5,116,500 | 80,300
Oklahoma………………….| 1,524,000 | 1,566,700 | 42,700
Oregon………………………| 1,599,300 | 1,622,500 | 23,200
Pennsylvania………………| 5,627,000 | 5,683,600 | 56,600
Texas………………………..| 10,361,800 | 10,615,000 | 253,200
Utah…………………………| 1,182,800 | 1,218,000 | 35,200
Vermont…………………….| 297,100 | 302,900 | 5,800
Washington………………..| 2,774,400 | 2,815,900 | 41,500
Wisconsin…………………..| 2,741,700 | 2,766,400 | 24,700
Wyoming…………………..| 283,900 | 292,300 | 8,400
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