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Economy in Brief

State Labor Markets in June 2022
by Charles Steindel  July 22, 2022

State labor market results in June were again somewhat mixed. 13 states had statistically significant increases in payrolls, but only 2 were striking in percentage terms (Montana's .9 percent and Tennessee's 1.0 percent). Texas's 82,500 gain was a smaller .6 percent. Two states (Alaska and West Virginia) had statistically significant declines. All states had at least point increases in payrolls over the last year, but the increases in Vermont, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Kansas were less than 2 percent. On the other hand, California added more than 850,000 jobs (a 5.1 percent increase) and Texas nearly 780,000 (a 6.1 percent gain), while Nevada's increase was 6.6 percent.

Unemployment rates were little-changed. Missouri was the only state to see a .3 percentage point decline. Interstate variation in unemployment is now fairly narrow. Minnesota's 1.8 percent was the lowest in June, while no state was at or above 5 percent (DC, though, had a 5.5 percent rate).

Puerto Rico's improvement ebbed in June. Nonfarm payrolls fell, apparently reflecting a drop in government employment. The island's unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, but both the labor force and resident employment declined.

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