New York, New Jersey, Georgia Add Most Jobs in December

View updated job totals and unemployment rates for each state.
by | January 18, 2013 AT 4:30 PM

Unemployment rates fell in 22 states in December, but few experienced significant changes for the month, according to Labor Department data released today.

New York added an estimated 35,100 jobs -- the most of any state -- driven by gains in the leisure and hospitality and business services sectors. Neighboring New Jersey netted 30,200 jobs for the month, followed by Georgia (14,400) and Missouri (10,200).

California, which has added about 225,000 jobs over the year, saw its payrolls decline by an estimated 17,500 positions. Other states recording notable losses for the month include Florida (-15,300) and Louisiana (-11,400).

Of the 22 states registering a decrease in December’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate, the Labor Department only considered the decline in five states to be statistically significant.  Nevada saw its jobless rate drop 0.6 percent for the month. Along with Rhode Island, it is the only state still with a double-digit unemployment rate, both at 10.2 percent.

The national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 7.8 percent remained unchanged from November. The Labor Department calculates unemployment rates from a survey of households and nonfarm payroll data using a separate survey of businesses.

Updated figures will be released Feb. 1. in the January jobs report.

State Employment Totals and Unemployment Rates:

NOTE: December figures are preliminary. Job totals and unemployment rates are seasonally-adjusted.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics