Nov. Jobless Rate Fell in Almost 3 of 4 States
1. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate decreases in November, 8 states registered rate increases, and 6 states had no rate change, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
2. In November, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 19 states and decreased in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in Texas (+17,300), followed by Ohio (+5,400), Georgia (+4,800), and Arizona and Iowa (+4,300 each). Alaska experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+0.5 percent), followed by Iowa (+0.3 percent).