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change (+0.2 percentage point). The East North Central also recorded the only significant rate changeamong divisions over the year (-0.6 percentage point).
State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Nevada continued to report the highest unemployment rate among the states, 13.4 percent in August.California posted the next highest rate, 12.1 percent. North Dakota registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.5percent, followed by Nebraska, 4.2 percent. In total, 25 states reported jobless rates significantly lowerthan the U.S. figure of 9.1 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates,and 17 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. (See tables A and 3and chart 1.)Seven states experienced statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate increases inAugust. Illinois and Pennsylvania reported the largest of these (+0.4 percentage point each), followed byNorth Carolina (+0.3 point); Maryland, North Dakota, and Virginia (+0.2 point each); and Georgia (+0.1point). The District of Columbia also posted a significant over-the-month rate increase (+0.3 percentagepoint). The remaining 43 states recorded jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of amonth earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significantchanges.New Mexico registered the largest jobless rate decrease from August 2010 (-1.9 percentage points). Fouradditional states reported smaller but also statistically significant decreases over the year: Oklahoma(-1.4 percentage points), Indiana (-1.3 points), Oregon (-1.1 points), and Florida (-0.9 point). TheDistrict of Columbia posted the only significant rate increase from a year earlier (+1.3 percentagepoints). Forty-five states recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.
Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Over the month, 13 states and the District of Columbia recorded statistically significant changes inemployment. The largest over-the-month statistically significant declines in employment occurred inNew York (-22,700), Georgia (-18,200), and the District of Columbia (-12,500). The largest over-the-month statistically significant job gains occurred in Minnesota (+28,400), North Carolina (+16,500), andArizona (+15,400). (See tables B and 5.)Over the year, 25 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment, 24 of which wereincreases. The largest increase occurred in Texas (+253,200), followed by California (+171,300), NewYork (+83,400), Ohio (+80,300), and Michigan (+79,800). The only state with an over-the-yearstatistically significant decrease in employment was Georgia (-29,500). (See table C and chart 2.)____________
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled tobe released on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Regional and StateEmployment and Unemployment news release for September is scheduled to be released onFriday, October 21, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).