NEW ENGLAND AND STATE UNEMPLOYMENT — NOVEMBER 2013
The New England unemployment rate declined to 6.9 percent in November the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that New England’s jobless rate one year ago was 7.2 percent. The national jobless rate declined to 7.0 percent from October and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in November 2012. (See chart 1.)
New England is 1 of 9 geographic divisions nationwide. In November, the Pacific division reported the highest jobless rate at 8.0 percent. The West North Central division again registered the lowest unemployment rate, 4.9 percent. New England was 1 of 7 divisions that had a statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate decrease. The largest of these declines occurred in the Middle Atlantic (-0.4 percentage point). Five divisions had significant rate changes from a year earlier: the Pacific (-1.3 percentage points), South Atlantic (-1.2 points), Middle Atlantic (-1.1 points), Mountain (-0.7 point), and West North Central (-0.5 point).
In November, 3 of the 6 New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different from that of the United States. Vermont (4.4 percent) and New Hampshire (5.1 percent) recorded significantly lower unemployment rates and were among 18 states in the country to do so. In contrast, Rhode Island (9.0 percent) had a jobless rate that was significantly higher than the U.S. average of 7.0 percent and tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Rhode Island was among eight states and the District of Columbia with unemployment rates measurably higher than the national average. The 24 remaining states registered unemployment rates not appreciably different from that of the nation.
Two New England states recorded a statistically significant unemployment rate decrease over the month: Connecticut and Maine (-0.3 percentage point each). An additional 23 states and the District of Columbia recorded statistically significant jobless rate decreases over the month. The remaining 25 states reported unemployment rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.
Over the year, Maine was the only New England state to record a statistically significant unemployment rate change, down 0.8 percentage point. Sixteen additional states reported statistically significant unemployment rate changes from November 2012, all of which were declines. The remaining 33 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from a year ago.
This release presents labor force and unemployment data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. Estimates for the U.S. are obtained directly from the CPS, which is a sample survey of approximately 60,000 households nationwide that is conducted for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by the Census Bureau. The LAUS program produces data for the nine geographic divisions in the United States: New England, Middle Atlantic, South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central, East North Central, West North Central, Mountain, and Pacific. Data for all divisions, as well as the 50 states, are available in the Regional and State Employment and
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