Unemployment Rates Drop in 37 States

Jobless rates fell in most states last month. View updated totals for each state.
by | November 20, 2012 AT 3:00 PM

According to the Labor Department, unemployment rates fell in 37 states in October as job growth picked up -- but not enough to keep pace with additional workers in some regions.

The jobless rates in most states remained mostly unchanged from September. Fourteen states, though, recorded statistically significant drops in the unemployment rate from the previous month, led by a 0.5 percentage-point decline in South Carolina. Alaska and Wisconsin also saw their jobless rates decline 0.4 percent for the month.

No states reported a statistically significant uptick in unemployment.

The total U.S. labor force, which includes those looking for jobs, rose by 578,000 in October, which was enough to slightly push up the labor force participation rate to 63.8 percent.

In terms of total employment, which is measured using a different survey of employers, 35 states and the District of Columbia reported gains. California (+45,800), Texas (+36,600) and Georgia (+16,100) added the most jobs for the month.

The steepest estimated job losses occurred in Michigan (-16,500) and New Jersey (-11,700), according to the Labor Department.

State Employment Totals and Unemployment Rates for October:

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics