Unemployment Rates Fall in 43 States

New figures released by the Labor Department show unemployment rates fell in 43 states. View state breakdowns for government payrolls.
by | December 20, 2011
 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports unemployment figures dropped in 43 states in November, mirroring the recent 0.4 percent decline in the national rate.

Month-over-month unemployment rate declines were statistically significant in 30 states, according to the Labor Department.

Michigan experienced the largest percentage decrease in unemployment, with the rate falling from 10.6 to 9.8 percent. The state added about 5,000 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

Alabama, Minnesota, South Carolina and Utah followed Michican, each reporting declines of 0.6 percent.

Nevada remains the state with the highest unemployment rate at 13 percent.

The national seasonally-adjusted jobless rate fell from 9.0 to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest level since March 2009. Private sector employment grew 140,000 for the month, but governments cut 20,000 jobs from payrolls.

Government Payroll Data

The Labor Department released the following breakdown of public employees for each state. Figures are seasonally-adjusted, listed in thousands:

State Nov. 2010 Sept. 2011 Oct. 2011 Nov. 2011 (preliminary)
Alabama 383.1 377.2 376.1 375
Alaska 85.3 84.1 84.6 84.4
Arizona 411.6 415.2 415.1 414.3
Arkansas 216 219.1 220 220
California 2,402.70 2,408.50 2,425.90 2,427.00
Colorado 392.1 392.4 391.9 390.3
Connecticut 242.8 241.2 242.4 242.6
Delaware 64.2 63.2 63.1 62.5
District of Columbia 247.4 246.8 245.8 244.8
Florida 1,106.50 1,090.80 1,097.80 1,094.20
Georgia 669.6 650.1 649.1 647.5
Hawaii 127.9 124.6 124.6 124.7
Idaho 118.8 118.4 118.3 117.5
Illinois 852.3 843 842.3 842.8
Indiana 432.3 421.1 421.1 419.4
Iowa 254.1 250.5 250.7 250.4
Kansas 259.8 259.7 258.6 257.2
Kentucky 331 325.8 325.7 326.3
Louisiana 361.7 358.9 360.6 361.1
Maine 101.8 100 99.4 99.9
Maryland 497.9 496.4 499.1 496.8
Massachusetts 436.9 431.8 434.4 432.6
Michigan 625.8 618.5 616.9 615
Minnesota 419.7 415.7 411.2 407.2
Mississippi 247.3 247.9 247.8 248
Missouri 447.5 445.2 445.5 443.2
Montana 89.2 91.2 90.5 89.5
Nebraska 168.8 167.7 167.8 168.3
Nevada 151.4 148 146.5 145.9
New Hampshire 96.7 95.6 96.1 96.3
New Jersey 630.6 625.2 623 622.9
New Mexico 199.3 196.5 197.1 195.7
New York 1,489.10 1,489.90 1,484.80 1,479.90
North Carolina 692.7 677.5 682.3 681.5
North Dakota 80.1 78.7 79.1 79.1
Ohio 777.5 772.3 768.3 769.8
Oklahoma 334.3 339.8 336.6 337
Oregon 298.9 291.6 292.3 291.4
Pennsylvania 751.6 728.5 730.3 731
Rhode Island 61 59.9 59.9 59.6
South Carolina 334.6 334.9 332.4 331.8
South Dakota 78.9 77.3 77.7 77.5
Tennessee 432.4 433.1 438.9 439.8
Texas 1,858.00 1,812.90 1,796.00 1,794.10
Utah 215.7 214.7 215.3 214.1
Vermont 54.2 53.5 53.9 53.7
Virginia 698.4 704.7 705.6 707.5
Washington 543 530.4 535.3 534.1
West Virginia 150.9 149.8 149.3 149.3
Wisconsin 418.8 410.6 409.6 406.7
Wyoming 72.3 75 74.9 74.9

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