Saturday, October 22, 2011

Employment’s Best and Worst: September

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (link) brought the latest changes in employment and unemployment between August and September. One table in the release shows states with statistically significant employment changes. I’ve mapped these courtesy of Nations Online Project’s free outline map:

Light brown indicates states losing employment (New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and North Carolina). Purple shows those gaining employment at statistically significant rates (Hawaii (not shown), Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, District of Columbia (not shown), and Maine).

The vaguely discernible pattern (if any pattern) is that heavy industrial states are not exactly recovering and that what little significant recovery is taking place is mostly southerly.

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