Employment Situation Across USA – March 2015

Updated : June 12th, 2019

Employment situation in the country continued to remain stable in March 2015 with little change in overall unemployment rates that stood at 5.5%, same as the previous calendar month. Overall, there was considerable decline in jobless rates in over 23 states.

Let us decode the monthly News Release from Bureau of Labor Statistics titled “ REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT — MARCH 2015”  made public on April 21, 2015.

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

In total, 12 states in the country saw an increase in unemployment rates, 23 states witnessed decline along with District of Columbia and 15 states saw no change.

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

1) California (+39,800)

2) Florida (+30,600)

3) Massachusetts & Washington (+10,500 each)

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

1) Texas (-25,400)

2) Oklahoma (-12,900)

3) Pennsylvania (-12,700)

Top States with highest percentage increase(Over the month)

1) Delaware

2) Florida

3) Maine

4) New Hampshire

5) South Dakota

All at 0.4 percent increase each

Top States with highest percentage decrease(Over the month)

1)  Oklahoma (-0.8 percent)

2)  Arkansas, North Dakota & West Virginia (-0.6 percent)

Over the year, all 50 states with District of Columbia performed well with with significant job additions. Utah (+3.9 percent) led the bandwagon by achieving the highest over the year employment followed by Florida (+3.7 percent) and Washington (+3.4 percent).


  • Nebraska continued to be on top of charts with lowest jobless rate at 2.6%. It may be recollected that this state had overthrown North Dakota last month from the top position.
  • Nevada continued to disappoint with highest unemployment rate of 7.1% among all the states and D.C also stood low at 7.7%. To sum up, 20 states had rates lower than the national average in March, 11 states and D.C exceeded it 19 states were close to it.
  • The largest over the month decline in jobless rates occurred in Oregon and Washington (-0.4 percentage point). Out of the 4 states that recorded over-the-month increase, West Virginia (+0.5 percentage point) stood on top.
  • Twenty seven states witnessed rate declines from March 2014(over the year). Standing tall on top of this chart were Kentucky (-2.1%) and Michigan (-2.0 %). Louisiana at 1.1% had the biggest over-the-year rate increase.

Break Up – Region wise(Non farm Payroll)

In March, Midwest continued to top the list as it did over the last two months with lowest unemployment rate at 5.0%. Likewise, the Western region continued to tumble at 5.9%. Over the month, only the West (-0.2%) exhibited significant change. Over the year, the rates came down in all 4 regions.

  • Midwest – 5.0%
  • Northeast – 5.6%
  • West – 5.9%
  • South – 5.3%

Split By Geographic Division

West North Central led this division with lowest unemployment rate of 4.2% in March 2015 and The Pacific was the highest at 6.3%. Comparing to February 2015, significant jobless rate change occurred in The Pacific(-0.2%) only. Rates in all the 9 geographical divisions saw a considerable fall from March last year.

Break up of Unemployment rates for March 2015(Geo Division Wise)

  • New England – 5.2
  • Middle Atlantic – 5.7
  • South Atlantic – 5.7
  • East South Central – 5.8
  • West South Central – 4.6
  • East North Central – 5.5
  • West North Central – 4.2
  • Mountain – 5.1
  • Pacific – 6.3

    1. Jose,

      We’re not a scam or a fraud website:) has been around for more than 10 years and we’re one of the leading forums for unemployment insurance and unemployment in general. Our daily visitor and patron base is of considerable size and we truly believe in being a center for jobless workers to access resources and share their queries.

  1. I’m attemptiing to file my first weekly claim since my layoff, however, my PIN# is not correct. what do I do to get my correct PIN# , please?

  2. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in Texas but my calendar year does not end until September. Do I have to wait until the calendar year is over in Texas, to apply for unemployment benefits in New York in which I have available quarters?

    1. Mattie,

      As much as I am aware, UI benefits are only a one-time cycle. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  3. Help ran out of unemployment benefits for the pass 8 years i have worked at Hexion speciality chemical plant in Brady Texas how can i get my benefits extended

    1. Roderick,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. Annette,

      You can visit the official website of the Unemployment Office and ‘login’ to check the claim status. Alternatively, you can also call the Claims Center.

      PS: It should not take 6 weeks to process the initial claim. Please chase at regular intervals.

    1. Jocelyn,

      Unemployment is offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you can apply.

  4. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

    1. Lea,

      Why don’t you look at alternate based period? Please use the link below to access the Base Period calculator.

  5. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  6. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  7. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    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.

      1. How long does it take Washington state unemployment to deposit your back pay after they receive the determination letter from OAH stating I won my appeal?

  8. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  9. 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.

  10. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    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?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer a simple Math question: *