Friday, October 18, 2019

BLS: September Unemployment rates at New Series Lows in Alabama, California, Illinois, New Jersey and South Carolina

by Calculated Risk on 10/18/2019 10:24:00 AM

From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Unemployment rates were lower in September in 7 states, higher in 4 states, and stable in 39 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Seven states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 2 states had increases, and 41 states and the District had little or no change.
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Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in September, 2.2 percent. The rates in Alabama (3.0 percent), California (4.0 percent), Illinois (3.9 percent), New Jersey (3.1 percent), and South Carolina (2.9 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 6.2 percent.
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State UnemploymentClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the number of states (and D.C.) with unemployment rates at or above certain levels since January 1976.

At the worst of the great recession, there were 11 states with an unemployment rate at or above 11% (red).

Currently only one state, Alaska, has an unemployment rate at or above 6% (dark blue).  Note that Alaska is at a new series low (since 1976).  Two states and the D.C. have unemployment rates above 5%; Alaska and Mississippi.

A total of eight states are at a series low: Alabama, Alaska, California, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas.