CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming's unemployment rate stood at 4 percent in June, down from 4.6 percent for the same month last year. The Research& Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state's unemployment rate has remained between 3.7 percent to 4 percent since March.» Read More
Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013. Both sets of figures— adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes— were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.
SALT LAKE CITY— The rate of unemployed Utah residents has dropped for the fourth straight month, falling to 3.5 percent in June. Utah's jobless rate has been inching down as the state has recovered from the economic recession, when unemployment peaked at 8.4 percent. Before the economic slowdown in late 2008, Utah's rate hovered around 3.4 percent.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent.
RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia's unemployment rate inched up in June to 5.3 percent, the second consecutive monthly increase. Virginia's unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was 6.1 percent in June.
JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to worst in the nation at 7.9 percent in June, as the state's economic recovery lags behind others. Phil Bryant, who has made economic development a central focus, acknowledged the poor figure but said Mississippi's economy has improved since he took office.
Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless mark went up by two-tenths of a percentage point from May. The last time Indiana recorded rise in the unemployment rate was when it went up slightly to 8.2 percent in September 2012.
AUGUSTA, Maine— State officials say that Maine's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June. June was the 81st consecutive month that Maine's employment to population ratio was below the national average. Maine's unemployment rate was also lower than the average of New England states, which was 5.7 percent.
Last month's seasonally adjusted figure matched the May jobless rate for Texas, halting three months of declines in statewide unemployment rates. The Texas economy added 19,100 seasonally-adjusted total nonfarm jobs in June for a total of 371,000 jobs added in the past year, according to the Austin- based TWC.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate of 7.9 percent is now tied for the worst in the country with Mississippi. Rhode Island has had the highest rate in the U.S. for months. The state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday that the Rhode Island rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point from May to its lowest level since July 2008.
RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina's unemployment rate remained flat for June, as the number of people with full-time jobs slipped slightly from the prior month. The state Commerce Department reported Friday that North Carolina's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June, which was the same rate reported for May.
Nebraska, Utah and Vermont had the second-lowest rate in the nation last month, trailing only the 2.7 percent of North Dakota. The Nebraska Labor Department said the new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in June, which was two-tenths of a point below the revised May figure of 6.3 percent.
The Conference Board's LEI was up 0.3 percent in June, just missing analyst estimates of 0.5 percent growth.
U.S. consumer sentiment dipped in early July while an index of consumer expectations weakened for a third straight month.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— Illinois' unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in June, driven to its lowest level since October 2008 by a fourth straight month of improvement, the state Department of Employment Security said Thursday.
PHOENIX— Arizona's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in June, up from 6.8 percent the month before. State economists said Thursday that by comparison, Arizona's jobless rate was 8.1 percent a year ago. Arizona lost 39,500 nonfarm jobs in June.
MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin's unemployment rate is holding steady. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in June, unchanged from May. More reliable numbers are released quarterly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but they lag the monthly figures.
LAS VEGAS— Nevada's jobless rate has dipped to its lowest level in nearly six years, dropping from 7.9 percent in May to 7.7 percent in June as the state saw an 11th month of job gains. "Although this positive news is welcomed, we must remain vigilant in our economic development efforts to continue moving Nevada forward."
HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut's labor market continued to strengthen as employers added jobs for the fifth straight month in June, driving the unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than five years, the state Department of Labor reported on Thursday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama is the only state with a higher unemployment rate for June than a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Alabama's unemployment stayed the same from May to June at 6.8 percent. Alabama recorded 6.5 percent in June 2013.
JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska's unemployment rate stood at 6.4 percent in June. That compares to the revised May rate of 6.3 percent and a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.6 percent in June 2013.