Friday, June 21, 2013

Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina Top Job Losers In May

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pennsylvania experienced the largest over-the-month decrease in non-farm payroll employment (not Seasonally Adjusted) with 9,200 jobs lost, followed by South Carolina (-7,700) and Florida (-6,200), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. 

Ohio saw the largest over-the-month increase with 32,100 jobs gained, followed by Texas (+19,500), and Michigan (+18,100).

Although Florida saw significant job losses in May, the Sunshine State was among the top three states with the largest over-the-year job increase: Texas (+324,700), California (+252,100) and Florida (+122,500). 

Regionally, the West continued to have the highest regional Seasonally Adjusted unemployment rate in May at 7.8 percent, while the Midwest and South had the lowest rates, 7.2 percent each.

Among the 50 states, Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in May at 9.5 percent, followed by Illinois and Mississippi with 9.1 percent each.  North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate at 3.2 percent. 

According to a Gallup poll released today, 28% of Americans think it is a good time to find a job while 68% say it is a bad time.  


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