Employment Situation Across USA – June 2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLR), U.S Department of Labor on July 21, 2015 unveiled its monthly News Release titled REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT — June 2015 which provides in depth statistics on regional and state wise unemployment data, decoding the performance of various geographies within the US.

We, at have been bringing exclusive snippets of this release every month in a presentable manner. Let us take a sneak peek into the employment situation across the country during June 2015.

The national unemployment rate stood quite strong at 5.3%, which was 0.8 percentage points lower, when compared to June 2014. Overall, 21 states and the District of Columbia witnessed fall in unemployment rates, 17 states saw no change and 12 states saw a surge in their jobless rates during this month.

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

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

1) New York (+25,500)

2) California (+23,000)

3) Texas (+16,700)

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

1) Illinois (-7,500)

2) New Jersey (-7,400)

3) Maryland (-6,200)

Top 5 States with highest increase in unemployment percentage (Over the month)

1) South Dakota  +0.6%

2) South Carolina +0.5%

3) Colorado

4) Kansas

5) Virginia

Last three states at +0.4% each

Top States with highest percentage drop(Over the month)

1) Alaska (-1.1 percent)

2) Wyoming (-0.8 percent)

3) Idaho (-0.7%)

Compared to the same month in 2014, non farm employment increased in a whopping 48 states, District of Columbia and fell in just two states. Utah (+4.3%) made the biggest gain followed by Washington and Nevada at +3.5% each. On the contrary, West Virginia (-1.2%) and Wyoming (-0.7%) witnessed considerable falls in the number of employed citizens in respective states.

State Unemployment

  • Nebraska stood on top of the charts by being the state with lowest unemployment rate at 2.6%.The state has been witnessing some rigorous employment scene in the last couple of months.
  • On the contrary, West Virginia stood at the bottom with a dismal rate of 7.4%, exceeding the national average considerably.
  • Overall, jobless rates in 18 states were lower than the national average, 11 states & the D.C exceeded the average and interestingly, 21 states posted rates that hovered around this figure.
  • During this month, New Jersey (-0.4%) followed by D.C and Connecticut (-0.3%) were the poster boys among states with biggest over the month increases. Oregon at 0.2% was the only state with over the month increase. The remaining states did not see much movement in their over the month jobless rates.

Break Up – Region wise(Non farm Payroll)

During June 2015, flag bearer Midwest continued to stay on top of the charts with an unemployment rate of just 5.0%. The Western region stood low at 5.8%. The other two regions fared pretty well during this month.

  • Midwest – 5.0%
  • Northeast – 5.4%
  • West – 5.8%
  • South – 5.3%

Split By Geographic Division

  • New England – 4.9
  • Middle Atlantic – 5.4
  • South Atlantic – 5.7
  • East South Central – 6.3
  • West South Central – 4.9
  • East North Central – 5.4
  • West North Central – 4.4
  • Mountain – 5.3
  • Pacific – 6.0


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    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

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  3. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

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    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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