The Bureau of Labor Statistics released regional and state employment numbers for June. In the manufacturing sector, the state with the greatest job gains between May and June was Indiana, adding 4,300 net new workers for the month. This was followed by decent manufacturing hiring gains in California (up 2,600), Georgia (up 1,700), Wisconsin (up 1,500), and Texas (up 1,300). On a year-to-date basis, the states with the most manufacturing employment increases in the first six months of 2013 were Ohio (up 6,800), Wisconsin (up 5,300), Michigan (up 4,600), Iowa (up 3,600), Oregon (up 3,600), and Washington (up 3,500).
Looking beyond manufacturing, states with the most nonfarm payroll job increases in June included California (up 30,200), Pennsylvania (up 19,100), Wisconsin (up 17,500), South Carolina (up 14,300), and Missouri (up 12,800). Through the first six months, the larger states tended to dominate, with Texas (up 143,200), California (up 123,700), and Florida (up 69,800) experiencing the most net new hiring.
Nationally, Nevada still has the highest unemployment rate at 9.6 percent, with Illinois (9.2 percent) and Mississippi (9.0 percent) not far behind. The lowest unemployment continues to be in North Dakota with 3.1 percent, with South Dakota’s 3.9 percent also well below the average.
Chad Moutray is the chief economist, National Association of Manufacturers.