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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. 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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