The improvement in employment statistics during the final quarter of 2013 has been felt across most of the country. Employment increased in 43 states during the month of November, with Indian (a 0.9% increase), Vermont (0.8%), and Nevada (0.7%) showing the largest increases. Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Ohio, Nebraska, and Washington each saw 0.2% decline in employment for the month. The year-to-year growth is even stronger, as only Alaska (-0.1%) has lower employment now than at the end of November 2012. From the BLS report on regional and state employment: Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific had the highest jobless rate, 8.0 percent in November. The West North Central again had the lowest rate, 4.9 percent. Seven divisions had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate changes, all of which were declines. The largest of these declines occurred in the Middle Atlantic (-0.4 percentage point). Five divisions had significant rate 2 - changes from a year earlier: the Pacific (-1.3 percentage points), South Atlantic (-1.2 points), Middle Atlantic (-1.1 points), Mountain (-0.7 point), and West North Central (-0.5 point). Nevada and Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rates among the states in November, 9.0 percent each. The next highest rates were in Michigan, 8.8 percent, and Illinois, 8.7 percent. North Dakota continued to have the lowest jobless rate, 2.6 percent. In total, 18 states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 7.0 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 24 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate decreases in November, the largest of which occurred in Idaho, New Jersey, and North Carolina (-0.6 percentage point each). The remaining 25 states had jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes. Seventeen states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes from November 2012, all of which were declines. The largest of these occurred in North Carolina (-2.0 percentage points), followed by New Jersey (-1.8 points) and Florida (-1.6 points). Read the full report here .
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