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  S&O Narrative Profiles ...
  Examine monthly labor force data
  in context of longer-term change
  and related data. Updated monthly.
State Monthly Employment and Unemployment Trends
  -- latest official estimates with projections

Updated monthly, the most recent state-by-state official estimates of employment and unemployment may be accessed in this section using an interactive ranking table. Query/view/compare/sort labor force characteristics by state. These data are a part of the ProximityOne Situation & Outlook (S&O) and used to develop and analyze current and projected labor force characteristics. The next update is November 20 and will present October data for states.

Use S&O narrative profiles (links in scroll box at right) to view monthly labor force patterns in context of Census 2000 and ACS 2011 demographics and change over time. Updated monthly, these profiles include wide-ranging demographic-economic annual, quarterly and monthly data.

National Employment/Unemployment Overview
The U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 7.8 percent in September 2012, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 114,000, as reflected in U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. Employment increased in health care and in transportation and warehousing but changed little in most other major industries.

Employment Situation Household Data, seasonally adjusted, numbers in thousands
Employment Status Sep 2011 Jul 2012 Aug 2012 Sep 2012 8/12-9/12
Civilian noninstitutional population 240,071 243,354 243,566 243,772 206
 Civilian labor force 154,004 155,013 154,645 155,063 418
   - Participation rate 64.1 63.7 63.5 63.6 0.1
      Employed 140,107 142,220 142,101 142,974 873
      - Employment-population ratio 58.4 58.4 58.3 58.7 0.4
     Unemployed 13,897 12,794 12,544 12,088 -456
      -Unemployment rate 9.0 8.3 8.1 7.8 -0.3
 Not in labor force 86,067 88,340 88,921 88,710 -211

State Labor Force Characteristics
  Interactive ranking table -- click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
  Numbers in thousands. Drag column separator to change column width.
  See related Ranking Tables Main Page.

Column Headers
  • CLF0911 -- Civilian Labor Force Sep 2011
  • CLF0712 -- Civilian Labor Force Jul 2012
  • CLF0812 -- Civilian Labor Force Aug 2012
  • CLF0912 -- Civilian Labor Force Sep 2012
  • CLFChg -- Civilian Labor Force Change Sep 2011-Sep 2012
  • CLF%Chg -- Civilian Labor Force Percent Change Sep 2011-Sep 2012
  • UnEmp0911 -- Unemployment Sep 2011
  • UnEmp0712 -- Unemployment Jul 2012
  • UnEmp0812 -- Unemployment Aug 2012
  • UnEmp0912 -- Unemployment Sep 2012
  • UnEmpChg -- Unemployment Change Sep 2011-Sep 2012
  • UnEmp%Chg -- Unemployment Percent Change Sep 2011-Sep 2012
  • UR0911 -- Unemployment Rate Sep 2011
  • UR0712 -- Unemployment Rate Jul 2012
  • UR0812 -- Unemployment Rate Aug 2012
  • UR0912 -- Unemployment Rate Sep 2012
  • URChg -- Unemployment Rate Change Sep 2011-Sep 2012
  • UR%Chg -- Unemployment Rate Percent Change Sep 2011-Sep 2012

Employment and Unemployment Data Development and Concepts
Civilian labor force. Included are all persons in the civilian noninstitutional population classified as either employed or unemployed.

Employed persons. These are all persons who, during the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), (a) did any work as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family, or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person is counted only once, even if he or she holds more than one job.

Unemployed persons. Included are all persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment some time during the 4 week-period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed.

Unemployment rate. The ratio of unemployed to the civilian labor force expressed as a percent [i.e., 100 times (unemployed/labor force)].

Additional Information
Proximity develops geodemographic-economic data and analytical tools and helps organizations knit together and use diverse data in a decision-making and analytical framework. We develop custom demographic/economic estimates and projections, develop geographic and geocoded address files, and assist with impact and geospatial analyses. Wide-ranging organizations use our tools (software, data, methodologies) to analyze their own data integrated with other data. Contact Proximity (888-364-7656) with questions about data covered in this section or to discuss custom estimates, projections or analyses for your areas of interest.

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