Employment Situation Across USA – February 2015

Updated : August 4th, 2020

The overall employment situation in the country continued to improve supported by upward trend in key indicators with an unemployment rate of 5.5%. The jobless rate significantly came down(over the year) in February 2015. In the same month last year, the national average was 6.7%.

The unemployment rate was down by 0.2 percentage points from January which seems to be freely falling owing to massive job creations since the end of last year. Forty six states witnessed a decrease in over the year jobless rates.



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

In total, 26 states in the country saw decrease in unemployment rates from January, 18 states saw no change and 6 states with District of Columbia had increases in February.

Employment

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

1) California (+29,400)

2) Georgia (+25,400)

3) New York (+20,200)

Top 3 States which sizeable job decreases(Over the month)

1) Connecticut (-3,700)

2)  Rhode Island (-2,700)

3)  West Virginia (-2,400)

Top 3 States with highest percentage increase(Over the month)

1) Kansas (+0.7 percent)

2) South Dakota (+0.7 percent)

3) Utah (+0.7 percent)

Top 3 States with highest percentage decrease(Over the month)

1)  Rhode Island (-0.6 percent)

2)  Alaska (-0.3 percent)

3)  West Virginia (-0.3 percent)

Over the year, all 50 states with District of Columbia performed well with with significant job additions. Utah(+4.2 percent) is the top performer by achieving the highest over the year employment followed by North Dakota (+4.0 percent) and Georgia (+3.8 percent).

Unemployment

  • During Feb 2015, Nebraska(2.7 percent) overthrew North Dakota as the numero uno with lowest unemployment rate in the country. North Dakota (2.9 percent) came second.
  • At 7.1%, Nevada had the highest numbers of unemployed persons amongst all the states. Overall, District of Columbia was the highest at  7.8%. To sum it up, 13 states in the nation with D.C had jobless rates higher than the national average of 5.5%, rates in 19 states were significantly lower and 18 states hovered around the national average.
  • The largest over the month decline in jobless rates occurred in Oregon (-0.5 percentage point). North Dakota recorded significant over the month increase at 0.1 percentage point. All other states remained stable when compared to respective rates in Jan 2015.
  • Over the year, 42 states saw significant declines in unemployment rates from the same month in 2014 of which Kentucky and Rhode Island (-2.1 percentage points each) registred the best declines. Louisiana (+1.3 percentage points) recorded the highest increase.

Break Up – Region wise(Non farm Payroll)

In February, Midwest continued to lead by example with lowest unemployment rate of 5.1%. The Western region tanked low at 6.1%. Over the year, rates declined in all the four geographical regions. Region Wise unemployment rates for February 2015 are provided below.

  • Midwest – 5.1%
  • Northeast – 5.6%
  • West – 6.1%
  • South – 5.4%

Split By Geographic Division

During this month, West North Central(4.2%) had the lowest unemployment rates among all the nine geographic divisions & the Pacific stood bottom at 6.5%. All the divisions witnessed fall in over the year unemployment rates and the largest decrease occurred in East North Central (-1.6%).



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  1. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      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. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      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.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      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. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      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.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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