Payrolls climbed in 37 U.S. states in June, even as the unemployment rate rose in 28, showing the improvement in employment was uneven.
California posted the largest gain in payrolls, adding 30,200 jobs last month, followed by Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. Massachusetts was among states showing the biggest increases in unemployment.
Labor markets are slowly healing as demand for goods and services strengthens, laying the groundwork for faster economic growth in the second half of the year. Bigger job gains will be needed to propel income growth and give support to household spending, the biggest part of the economy.
The Labor Department issued the data a day earlier than scheduled after some statistics were inadvertently posted on the Labor Department’s website earlier today, Gary Steinberg, a spokesman said in an e-mail.
Pennsylvania showed the second-largest employment gain, adding 19,100 workers. Wisconsin followed with a 17,500 increase.
Tennessee, Ohio and New York had the biggest declines in payrolls, according to the report.
The unemployment rate showed a statistically significant increase in eight states, rising by 0.4 percentage point in Massachusetts and 0.3 percentage point each in Georgia, Maryland and Vermont. The only significant decrease was a 0.1 percentage point drop in North Dakota, which took the jobless rate to 3.1 percent, the lowest in the nation.
Nevada’s unemployment rate was the highest, at 9.6 percent. Illinois and Mississippi were the next highest at 9.2 percent and 9 percent respectively.
Nationwide, employers added 195,000 jobs in June for the second month, the Labor Department reported earlier this month. The advance exceeded forecasts, led by retailers, business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality. The unemployment rate held at 7.6 percent, close to a four-year low.
State and local employment data are derived independently from national statistics, which are usually released on the first Friday of every month. State figures are subject to larger errors because they are derived from smaller samples, thus making the national data more reliable, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.