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Employment Situation Across USA – December 2015

Updated : June 12th, 2019

The year 2015 has been quite an important year for the employment situation in the country. Though it did not witness drastic fall or significant climb, It has more or less carried over the legacy of 2014, an important year that saw fast-paced improvement by creating jobs across sectors and therefore directly impacting the jobless rates by bringing them down, month on month.

The year 2015 ended on a happy note with an overall employment rate of just 5 percent at the end of December 2015. As our duty has been, we bring to you, a synopsis of of the monthly news release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S Department of Labor titled “REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT — DECEMBER 2015”  aimed at providing comprehensive data on employment numbers across states and regions. The following sections will help you gauge the overall employment situation in the country and look forward to 2016 with confidence of better times.

The national jobless rate remained the same as November 2015, but was down by 0.6 percentage points from December 2014. Over 50% or 25 states witnessed fall in jobless rates, 14 states saw spikes and 11 states along with District of Columbia remained stable with no changes.

Split – State-wise (Non-farm Payroll Employment & Unemployment)

During December 2015, employment increased in 36 states while D.C along with 14 states lost jobs from the numbers it held during the previous calendar month.

Top 3 States with biggest job gains (Over the month)

1) California (+60,400)

2) Texas (+24,900)

3) Florida (+29,900)

Top 3 States with considerable number of job declines (Over the month)

1) Illinois (-16,300)

2) Oklahoma (-5,100)

3) North Dakota (-4,000)

Top 5 States With Highest Incline in Employment Rate (Over the month)

1) Alaska (+0.8%)

2) Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee ( +0.9 %)

The Top States with Considerable Decline in Employment Rate (Over the Month)

1) North Dakota (-0.9%)

2) Vermont (-0.7%)

3) Wyoming (-0.6 %)

Compared to the same month last year (Over the year), 43 states added considerable numbers of jobs in its kitty while the rest 7 states with D.C lost jobs during this period. Idaho (+4.4 %) led the bandwagon of states that added the highest number of jobs followed by South Carolina (+3.3 %) & Utah (+3.2 %). The biggest over-the-year decrease in employment percentage was led by North Dakota (-4.0 %) followed by Wyoming (-2.2 %) & West Virginia (-1.5 %).

State Unemployment

  • North Dakota continued to remain Numero Uno with a jobless rate of 2.7 percent. It remains a model state for rest of the country in terms of remaining a highly stable state which ensures maximum employment for its working-class citizens.
  • On the contrary, with a jobless rate of 6.7%, New Mexico was the top contender in the category of states that did not perform in this area of economic significance.
  • During December last year, 18 states recorded jobless rates lower than the national average of 5.0%.
  • 23 states recorded rates that hovered around the national average and 9 states with D.C registered significantly lower rates to the U.S average.

Break Up – Region wise (Non-farm Payroll)

During December 2015, Midwest continued to lead the pack with the lowest unemployment rate of 4.7 % and the West had the highest rate with 5.4 percent. Over the year, all four regions recorded a significant drop in jobless rates.

  • Northeast – 4.9%
  • South – 5.2%
  • Midwest – 4.7%
  • West – 5.4%

Split By Geographic Division

West North Central – 3.8 percent (Lowest)

East South Central  – 5.9 percent (Highest)

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  1. I work for a church pre school program and I have lost my job due to coronavirus. When I applied for unemployment in Texas it says that two does not except this employer as my last employer. I’ve been working there for 13 years. What do I do?

  2. Chad ….. how do I get thru when it wont accept my ID or my password. I change it 5 times and it still wont work. Calling is not working at any time when I spend and whole day calling back to back to get thru. why don’t they just help or force the employers ( company) to place they claims in for their workers like GM did……I NEED HELP…PLEASE.

    1. Chad,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  3. i live in ga…all the day cares have shut down my wife and i have full time jobs,,,but i have to leave my company which i have been there for over two years,to take care of our child….can i still collect unemployment…this covid virus is why i have to leave my job…

    1. Gary,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  4. are you kidding me my son lost his job on 10/17/2020 hes mentally challenged and cant file on his own because he doesn’t know how so I started going to sites trying to file for him and the residence inn Marriott promised to help him and have done zip . ive tried 10 different sites and I keep getting dropped wen I complete forms and push submit. 12 days now n still cant file a claim.

    1. Martin,

      There’s only one website you should be trying from. Please let us know your state and we’ll share the website information.

  5. I have submitted my forms EXACTLY as I was instructed too on line. Even though I have filled out the paperwork correctly I keep getting emails asking for me to fill out the form that I have done multiple times already. Remuneration – Claimant Questionnaire is the issue. I got online and requested a phone call. 3 days ago. I just need to know that you guys received everything and I don’t owe any more information.
    Nobody answers the 617-626-6800 number. Just get directed to the internet. Well, you can’t speak with the internet. I am getting mixed messages and I fret that this will delay any benefits.
    Could someone please give me a call.

    1. James,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. This is a private forum and we’ll not be able to arrange a callback.

  6. I work for a church that has grown it’s congregation over almost 40 years and we now have 26 mostly full time employees, most being here many years. Will our employees be able to file and receive benefits since we are an EXEMPT from paying unemployment industry? State of Florida

  7. My unemployment benefits ran out 3/1/2020 am I able to file for extended benefits ? I live in California and am 62 years old.

    1. Ariana,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

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