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Round Up of Regional & State Unemployment – 2014

The year 2014 has been a game changer for the unemployment situation across the country. The end of this auspicious year saw overall unemployment rates dwindling  from 7.4(Dec 2013) to 6.2%(Dec 2014), a massive fall of 1.2 percentage points, bringing cheers to the labor class, government agencies and other key stakeholders across the nation.The national employment – population stood at  59.0%, an increase of 0.4 percentage points.

State Wise Data

The year saw unemployment rates decrease in all the 50 states and District of Columbia, second time in the history since 1984 where all the states recorded a fall in jobless rates. 2014 also saw key records such as 20 states recording decline in overall unemployment rate of at least 1.0%. Illinois saw the biggest decline at -2.0% reduction in the overall jobless rates.

Top Three Best Performing States

North Dakota – 2.8

Nebraska – 3.3

South Dakota – 3.4

North Dakota continued to lead the wagon with lowest national average at 2.8%. Trailing behind was Nebraska at 3.3% followed by South Dakota at 3.4%. These three states continue to lead by example across the country.

Top Three States With Highest Unemployment Rates

Mississippi & Nevada – 7.8

District of Columbia – 7.8

Rhode Island – 7.7

All the three states tumbled in 2014 and failed to make any improvements in the overall unemployment rates when compared to their year end rates for 2013.

Region Wise Data

Midwest & Northeast advanced with largest decrease in jobless rates during 2014 at-1.4% each. During the year, unemployment rates came down in all the four regions. West North Central came first with lowest annual average jobless rate at 4.6% among all 9 geographical divisions. All the nine divisions also saw decline in unemployment rates.

Region Jobless Rate(2014)
West 6.8
Mid West 5.8
North East 6.1
South 6.0

State & Regional Employment Data

North Dakota continued to dominate the charts with 70.8% employed persons in 2014, followed by Nebraska(68.9%) & Iowa(67.3%). The following are the states with lowest proportion of unemployed persons in 2014.

West Virginia –  49.7%

Mississippi –  50.1%

New Mexico – 53.6%

The year saw employment – population ratios going up in all the 4 regions. The Midwest stood tall at employment-population ratio of 61.3%, the highest among all the regions.

2015, looks like, will be an icing on the cake. At the time of publishing this article, the unemployment rate for Feb 2015 was down at 5.5% , 0.2 percentage points decrease from January.

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  1. received letter in mail from trenton advising i am eligible for EUC. Been trying to certify at the time allotted for my social security numbers, but keep getting notification to call the re-employment office.Be darned if I know why,, This goes back to Mar, 2020 ..Calling the re-employment office is an insult to human intelligence,,The voicemail ALWAYS says to call back next day due to high volume? There seems to be no break to this ridiculous circle. You would think the system could at least indicate a reason why we need to call this phantom re-employment center so we could work to provide what is needed..68 years of living and I cannot recall something more agonizing–like a child ignoring you in the 4th grade.. Every day every hour its the same thing now for several months. Does anyone really care about doing something about this unfair nonsense? I guess we are all to blame. Hopefully we can survivive it..

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