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States Record the Biggest Job Gains in Years

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia added jobs in April as the national economy had one of its strongest months in years.
by | May 16, 2014
A job fair at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
In 2011, a study commissioned by the Boston Foundation warned that Massachusetts’ job skills gap would worsen if community colleges didn’t churn out more qualified candidates. Getty Images/Robert Nickelsberg
 

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia recorded job gains last month as the national economy had one of its strongest months in years.

In 13 states, U.S. Labor Department data published today indicates the increase in jobs was large enough to be considered statistically significant. Texas and California, which typically experience the largest increases in employment by virtue of being the most populous states, both added more than 50,000 jobs in April. Florida, North Carolina and Georgia also recorded strong job growth for the month.

A few states reported slight declines, but only Illinois lost more than 5,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate, measured by a separate survey, similarly dipped in all but seven states. Two states with among the highest rates nationally, Illinois and Nevada, both reported declines of 0.5 percent. The unemployment rate also fell by 0.4 percent in Arizona, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

Source: BLS, seasonally-adjusted data. March and April figures are preliminary.

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