Management & Labor

States Recording the Largest Job Gains, Losses in June

Thirty-three states added jobs last month, while 17 lost them.
by | July 18, 2014

June was a particularly strong month for the nation's economy as employers created an estimated 288,000 new jobs, exceeding economists’ expectations.

Across states, though, jobs numbers were more of a mixed bag. Data published by the Labor Department Friday indicates 33 states and the District of Columbia saw employment gains in June, while 17 registered declines.

Florida added an estimated 37,400 jobs over the month, by far the most of any state. In terms of percentage change, the District of Columbia, Indiana, North Dakota and Oklahoma all expanded nonfarm payrolls by 0.6 percent.

Other states (listed below) didn’t fare as well. Alaska lost an estimated 5,900 jobs (-1.7 percent), while payroll employment in West Virginia dipped by 9,100 (-1.2 percent).

The unemployment rate -- measured by a different survey of households -- fell in 22 states, but the decrease was only enough to be considered statistically significant in six states: California, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington. Twelve states saw unemployment rate declines of 0.2 percent or more for the month.

Fourteen states recorded slight increases in the jobless rate. Mississippi’s unemployment rate climbed 0.2 percentage points and is now tied with Rhode Island for the nation’s highest rate at 7.9 percent.

June State Job Totals

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