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Employment Situation Across USA – October 2015

For most of you following our updates in the articles section regularly, we’ve been breaking down monthly releases from the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS), U.S Department of Labor that talks about the overall unemployment situation in the country for the previous month. It is a comprehensive report that gives an in depth analysis and covers all states in the U.S. If you’re someone who is curious to know the nitty gritties about the improving employment situation in the country, you must read further to understand the latest data surrounding employment and unemployment.

Let’s go ahead unravel some interesting facts and figures from Regional and State Employment and Unemployment, a monthly news release from the BLS unveiled on November 20, 2015.

During the month of October 2015, the national unemployment rate was 5.0 percent, reaching new heights by falling to the lowest during this year. Compared to 2014, it fell considerably by 0.7 percentage points. Overall, 32 states and the District of Columbia witnessed decreases in the unemployment rates during this month, 15 states registered the same rate while 3 states surged.

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

Employment opportunities increased in a whopping 40 states with D.C, fell in 9 states and Delaware remained stable.

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

1) California (+41,200)

2) Florida (+35,200)

3) Ohio (+30,800)

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

1) Louisiana (-6,200)

2) Indiana (-3,400)

3) North Carolina (-3,100)

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

1) Idaho (+1.1%)

2) Alaska ( +0.9 %)

3) Wyoming (+0.8%)

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

1) Louisiana (-0.3%)

2) North Dakota (-0.2%)

Compared to 2014, non farm employment opportunities went up in 47 states and the D.C and fell in just 3 states. Idaho(+3.8%), Utah(+3.5%) and Nevada(+3.4 percent) were the top three states in the category of states that saw the highest number of job additions. On the flipside, North Dakota(-2.1 percent), West Virginia(-1.8 percent) and Louisiana(-0.5 percent) were the leading states that witnessed considerable loss of jobs.

State Unemployment

  • Continuing to lead the charts was North Dakota, the state with the lowest unemployment rate in the entire country at just 2.8 percent. We must say, it continues to be a model state for the rest in the country.
  • On the contrary, West Virginia stood low with the highest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, continuing its dismal performance.
  • In consolidation, 20 states recorded jobless rates lower than that of the national average, 12 states with District of Columbia posted higher rates and 18 states hovered around this average.
  • Compared to numbers from the same month in 2014, 25 states with the D.C posted lower rates. The remainder were not appreciably different from that statistics in 2014.

Break Up – Region wise(Non farm Payroll)

During October 2015, Midwest continued to trend up and lead the pack with an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent(lowest) and West with 5.5 percent was the highest. The good news is no region had significant change in jobless rate.   

  • Northeast – 4.6%
  • South – 5.0%
  • Midwest – 4.2%
  • West – 5.3%

Split By Geographic Division

  • West North Central – 4.0% (Lowest among all geographical divisions)
  • East South Central & Pacific – 5.6% (Highest jobless rate among all divisions)

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    1. Angie,

      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. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in the state of Texas. When I called and asked how to go about with the extension, I was told that the extension were done away with in 2013. I’ve been looking for work and have yet to find something. Is it possible to receive an extension or are my exhausted benefits the end of the line? And if there is a way for an extension, how do I go about the claiming process?

    1. Jarese,

      I can understand your situation. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available.

  2. I’ve been receiving UI bennifits for 3 months. I was surprised yesterday when I opened an email asking for one of the companies information, why I left, etc. I called the UI office this morning and was told that this fortune 100 company is able to reply, furthermore fight my claim and possibly making me pay back the claim. I’m just very confused how they, the old company can chime in 12 weeks after my claim was already processed. Even more confused, as the original letter has that companies name on it.
    Thanks!

    1. Evan,

      If you suspect something amiss, please raise an issue with the Unemployment Office. This might be a classic case of fraud.

  3. Hi Jeff,
    I am in California and last month I exhausted all of my unemployment, I turned 61 and never thought that age would be such an issue but can’t seem to land a job. Question – if I don’t get a job by the end of my “current benefits years end” can I open a new claim and be able to receive additional unemployment after my current benefits year runs out?
    Thanks, Don

  4. Can you receive unemployment while receiving severance payments or do you need to wait until all severance is paid to start receiving unemployment?

      1. I’m confused. When I called the Texas Workforce Commission they said Emergency Unemployment Compensation has not been offered in Texas since 2013.
        I asked about Extended Benefits. They took my information and I received a determination that I was eligible. The next day I got another determination that I was not eligible due to:
        ” Issue: Insufficient Wages Between Benefit Years
        Decision: Your claim is not valid. We have cancelled your claim and cannot pay you benefits.
        Reason for Decision: Our investigation found you have not earned wages equal to six (6) times
        your weekly benefit amount since the beginning date of your last benefit year.
        Date of Cancelled Claim: 09-22-19
        Beginning Date of Your Last Benefit Year: 09-16-18
        Law Reference: Subsection 207.021(a)(7) of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.”

        Actually I had earned ~30k from a severance package since the beginning date of my last benefit year.
        Six times my weekly benefit amount is only~ $3k??

        Any idea?
        Any help would be appreciated.

    1. If you are receiving continuing severance payments, you are not eligible to file for UI benefits until those payments end. You should file your claim after 7 days of the receipt of your last severance payment.

  5. I have been trying very hard to get a number I can call to have one (1), I say again one (1), question answered. I am a contractor and have been working in many states in the course of my career. My last job was here in Mobile AL at ST Engineering Aerospace and I saw something about needing to be employed for 18 months in Alabama to qualify for benefits. I had a claim in Tennessee and they have a way of filing when you have worked in different states. I forget what it is called but my question to you is does Alabama have a way that I can file after working in different states?

    1. Kevin,

      Please note this is a private forum. If you’ve filed from TN, suggest you reach out to the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  6. DO YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT A POSITION THAT HAD OFFERED YOU SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER WAGES THAN YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT; ESPECIALLY IF THE WAGES DO NOT COVER YOUR MONTHLY FINANCIAL
    OBLIGATIONS?

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