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Employment Situation Across USA – September 2015

Updated : September 23rd, 2020

In continuation with its task of providing monthly reports on the overall Employment footing across at the states in the USA, The Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS), operating under the aegis of the U.S Department of Labor released its publication titled “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment” on October 20 that presents in depth statistics, data and analysis of performance of states and regions during the month of September 2015.

In our effort to bring to you, the latest news to help you understand the nuances, let us decode this elaborate report and present the facts that really matter to you as a curious and well informed citizen.

As the case has been for over an year now, the good news continues in terms of falling unemployment numbers, month over month. The overall Unemployment Rate was 5.1 percent, the same as August 2015. Overall, 37 states and District of Columbia witnessed rate decreases during September and 7 states carried forward their respectives rates from the last month. Over the year, a massive 41 states and D.C registered decrease in jobless rate, 2 states had no change and seven states saw increases.

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

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

1) Texas (+26,600)

2) New York (+12,000)

3) Georgia (+9,100)

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

1) Missouri (-16,500)

2) Pennsylvania (-16,400)

3) Michigan (-9,800)

Top 5 States with highest decline in Employment(Over the month)

1) Hawaiii (-1.3.%)

2) Vermont and Wyoming ( -0.7 % each)

Top States with highest spike in Employment(Over the Month)

1) Delaware & Kansas( 0.4 % each)

2) South Carolina(0.3 %)

When compared to the same month in 2014, a whopping 46 states witnessed spike in employment that includes District of Columbia as well. The rest 4 states were not so up to the mark losing employment during this time. Utah(3.7 percent), South Carolina(3.2 percent) and Idaho & Washington(3.1 percent each) were the best performing states in this category. North Dakota(-1.6 percent), West Virginia(-1.5 percent) and Wyoming(-0.9 percent) were the states that lost the highest number of jobs.  

State Unemployment

  • A force to reckon with, North Dakota yet again proved to be the best state with lowest unemployment rate amongst all states with just 2.8 percent of the employable populace being unemployed.
  • On the flipside, West Virginia recorded the highest rate of unemployment at 7.3 percent.
  • Overall, 19 states recorded unemployment rates lower than the national average of 5.1 percent and 19 of them hovered around this average while 12 states including D.C had visibly higher rates.
  • Over the year(September 2014), 26 states and the D.C had jobless rates lower than last year and the topper in this category was Rhode Island(-1.8 percent).
  • Remainder of the states were not visibly different from what was recorded an year earlier.

Break Up – Region wise(Non farm Payroll)

During the month of September 2015, Midwest continued to lead the pack with the lowest unemployment rate of 4.5 percent and the West tumbled to stay low at 5.6 percent. There was not much change in the jobless rates regionwise, when compared to August 2015.  

  • Northeast – 5.0%
  • South – 5.1%
  • Midwest – 4.5%
  • West – 5.6%

Split By Geographic Division

  • West North Central – 4.0%
  • East South Central & Pacific – 5.7%

If you’re someone who has been unemployed recently, use the resources available on this portal to understand the benefits available in your state.

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  1. So I have been getting ue for 6 months and on Oct 21 I had a fact finding issue found and cleared after taking a month, I got put on hold I got nothing no benefits nothing because I am on hold until cleared up and it was another month later in my favor, I’ve been without payment since Oct 21 since then I have been on HOLD, I am beyond pissed, I call every Fri I see the letter I received saying its in my favor that says I am Monetary Eligible-yet I still have 6 payments on hold. I call DEO and I talk, I beg and I get told “we are working on it”, the letter is in my favor I am poor not rich I am poor Why how do you people get away with this

  2. Hello

    I’m 59 years old and was laid off in March 2020 due to Covid.
    In June 2020 I was advised my job was eliminated and there is no chance of me
    Being brought back. I’m collecting UI since March.

    Pondering the thought of taking my early retirement pension as I can’t survive on
    UI any longer. My pension is of course reduced due to my age. Full pension is age 62.

    If I apply for early reduced pension in this situation, does my UI benefit get decreased? I’m in New York.
    I’m still looking for full time work. No luck.

    Thank you so much
    Lorraine

  3. i was just layed off from my job, i did collect benefits in pa. my job is seasonal igot unemployment payments in jan. to april i had 26 weeks of unemployment , but only used about 13 weeks, and was called back to work. i received 2 weeks of 600 dollars of stimlus money. my question is now that i reopened my 2020 claim . i,m i still elegibe for any more stimlus payments along with my regular unemployment payments.

  4. I am 65 yrs old in California and being layed off in Dec 2020. If I apply for unemployment benefits and collect a company pension, will the pension reduce the unemployment benefits ? If you answer call unemployment what is the department or do you have a phone number for a help line. I have called and get automated questions that do not apply to my situation.
    Cannot get to a live person.

  5. Several years ago I was part of a reduction in force and was early-retired for pension purposes. I count on this small pension ($2K/mo) to supplement my employment which has been inconsistent this past two years. I am filing for UI in IL and I qualify for it, but they are saying my pension reduces my UI benefit to zero. Is that right?

    1. Mike,

      That is partially right. The pension will have an impact on UI benefits. Please check for relevant info on the Unemployment Office’s website.

  6. I have $219.00 left on my UE and still no work due to covid-19 will i be able to get a extension on my UE and will it cover the last two weeks. I request payment tomorrow.

      1. My benefits have expired, still.unemployed due to over 65, wdiebrtes, high blood pressure and have one kidney, Can I get PUA , Cares Act for any assistance

  7. im working at a place i have been layed off from a lot in my career.i got 30 yrs in there so i can retire now but need another job to make it hoping to stay working and get more hours.If i take a new job and get layed off there I will BE DRAWING 1400 A MONTH FROM THE JOB I WORKED 30 YRS would i be able to draw unemployment if the new job lays me off and would it be reduced because of my retirement money of 1400 month.

  8. My bf was laid off in April he got the the 600 to start with now he is only getting the unemployment and no extra when we hear ppl getting 3 checks totaling 40k that might be lies but still that is bullshit.

  9. I Sharon Bland or Sharon Scott or Sharon Ann Mccraw
    Use my phone to claim two of my boyfriends and my own benefits. Is that ok ?

  10. I’m getting pua on employment and it was supposed to be backdated to May 27th when I wasn’t ableable to start my new job and somehow it’s August 24th they said it would be backdated been sending messages and pua people keep saying they have emailed you guys too but nobody gets back to me who do I need to contact about this thank you

  11. I check my checking account balance every week but I cannot tell if I am getting my 300.00 extra unemployment. Also. How can I tell if I got my back time unemployment .

    1. Thelma,

      I did not understand what you meant. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for precise answers to all your questions.

  12. I have exhausted my UI and all extensions. Not eligible for Fed Ed. Does EDD open a PUA claim for me. Or do I have to aoole for it. Its been past 30 days since receiving my Fed Ed denial letter.

  13. i have been unemployed for the whole year almost and since i have been trying to distance myself to better my all around health, it took me this long to file for benefits, i was hoping to get back pay all the way to the beginning.

    1. Zach,

      To qualify, the claimant is required to have sufficient earnings/employment during the “Base Period”. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website for more.

  14. Thank you o much for investigating this. When I received an overpayment statement and my benefits where stopped I felt my heart drop to my stomach. Already being evicted by a slumlord and now no income, i had to start working when i feel very at risk for getting the virus because of pre-existing conditions and the reason for filing in the first place. i am a cosmetologist and considered non-essential. I feel utterley hopeless and helpless in this situation.

  15. I cannot contact anyone in the unemployment offices because the phone hangs up on me in all cases after listening over and over the recorded message. I have called three numbers .

    I have received pandemic unemployment since March 31st. There was a pending adjudication but I never received any questions, letters nor emails about it and I was approved and paid. Now…this is what the website says:
    7 of 7 entries
    Issue Identification Number Employer Name Issue Type Status Date Mailed Level
    0002 7693 59-01
    PUA Pending 11/16/2020 Adjudication
    0002 4773 71-01
    Program Integrity Mailed 11/6/2020 Adjudicati
    Claimant Inbox
    Select the Search button to display your action items. To narrow your search, input issue date range below and select the Search button.
    Issue Date: From: To: 11/6/2020 to 11/16/2020
    Inbox
    • Below are the items that require your attention and that you need to take action on for your claim.
    • Select the Document ID
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