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| Jul 21 2023

State Labor Markets in June 2023

For a third straight month, the initial estimate of state labor markets for June had only 5 states sieeing statistically significant increases in payrolls, none appreciably numerically large. New York had the highest absolute gain (28,100) and Alabama had a .9% gain. Two states had statistically significant declines, with Indiana losing 13,900 jobs and Vermont recording a 1.4 percent drop (the other 5 New England states had insignificant declines).

11 states had statistically significant drops in unemployment from May to June (the same number as in May). Maryland’s .4 percentage point decline was the highest. Yet again, Nevada’s unemployment rate stayed the highest in the nation at an unchanged 5.4 percent. In another repeat from May, no other state had a rate more than a point higher than the national 3.7 percent, though DC’s was 5.1 percent. Alabama, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin all have rates more than a point lower than the nation, with New Hampshire and South Dakota both at 1.8 percent. California, Texas, Illinois, Washington, and Delaware (along with DC) are the states other than Nevada with rates at or above 4 percent.

Puerto Rico’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.1 percent. The job count on the island moved below 950,000. The bulk of the 8,200 drop was in the public sector.

  • Charles Steindel has been editor of Business Economics, the journal of the National Association for Business Economics, since 2016. From 2014 to 2021 he was Resident Scholar at the Anisfield School of Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey. From 2010 to 2014 he was the first Chief Economist of the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, with responsibilities for economic and revenue projections and analysis of state economic policy. He came to the Treasury after a long career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he played a major role in forecasting and policy advice and rose to the rank of Senior Vice-President. He has served in leadership positions in a number of professional organizations. In 2011 he received the William F. Butler Award from the New York Association for Business Economics, is a fellow of NABE and of the Money Marketeers of New York University, and has received several awards for articles published in Business Economics. In 2017 he delivered Ramapo College's Sebastian J. Raciti Memorial Lecture. He is a member of the panel for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Survey of Professional Forecasters and of the Committee on Research in Income and Wealth. He has published papers in a range of areas, and is the author of Economic Indicators for Professionals: Putting the Statistics into Perspective. He received his bachelor's degree from Emory University, his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a National Association for Business Economics Certified Business EconomistTM.

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