WASHINGTON, July 18 Jobless rates fell in only
11 U.S. states in June, the Labor Department said on Thursday in
a report revealing the bumps on the road to economic recovery.
The report, originally scheduled for release on Friday, also
found that jobless rates rose from the previous month in 28
states and were unchanged in 11 states and the District of
Columbia. That was a near reversal from May, when unemployment
fell in 25 states and rose in 17.
Still, 19 states had jobless rates significantly lower than
the national rate of 7.6 percent.
Over the year from June 2012, jobless rates dropped in 37
states and the District of Columbia, rose in seven states and
were unchanged in six.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said it inadvertently loaded
the state payroll data onto its website on Thursday morning.
Then, "to ensure equal access to the information," it pulled the
data from the site and reposted it at 3 p.m. EDT.
While the 2007-09 economic recession was fairly uniform
across the states, sparing only a few, the recovery has been
Nevada continued to have the highest unemployment rate among
the states in June, at 9.6 percent, followed by Illinois, 9.2
percent, and Mississippi, 9 percent. North Dakota again had the
lowest jobless rate, at 3.1 percent, a position it has held for
more than five years.
Illinois added 5,400 jobs since May. Without public sector
layoffs - the state lost 3,600 government jobs in June - the
number rises to 9,000, according to the state's employment
"Continued private sector job growth suggests business
leaders expect that consumers will feel better about spending
money and they must prepare for that increase in demand," the
department's director, Jay Rowell, said in a statement. "The
unemployment rate is not surprising given the volatility of that
measurement and that the same summertime movement occurred in
2012 and 2011."
Altogether, employment rose in 37 states in June from May,
decreased in 12 states and the District of Columbia and was
unchanged in Arkansas. From May, California gained the most
jobs, with 30,200, followed by Pennsylvania at 19,100 and
Wisconsin at 17,500. Tennessee lost the most jobs, 16,500,
followed by Ohio, 12,500 and New York, 11,400.