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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Which States Get Lumps of Coal for Job Growth in November?

Rhode Island and Wisconsin get biggest bags of Lumps of Coal in job growth last month; Texas, New York, and Louisiana get the largest Angel Wings for job growth in November 2011. 

Rhode Island and Wisconsin have each received 6 Lumps of Coal in job growth/loss for November 2011.  Alaska and Delaware each received 5 Lumps of Coal, while Indiana, Minnesota, and Missouri received 4 Lumps of Coal a piece for one or more categories of job growth as of November 2011.

Based on an analysis of the latest Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Report which was released Tuesday, December 20, by the Bureau of Labor, Rhode Island and Wisconsin had the lowest job growth (or actual decreases in jobs) in one or more categories:  Month over month, over the past three months, 2011 to date, or year over year. This is the second month in a row in which Wisconsin has been singled out for such "distinction".

Texas, New York, and Louisiana have received the most Angel Wings  for November 2011, each leading the nation in one or more categories of job growth (over the past month, past three months, in 2011, or over the past year.)

According to the same analysis, the US gained approximately 1.16% in jobs since November 2010, and approximately 1.2% in jobs in 2011 to date.
(Note:  The BLS report includes month over month and year over year numbers.  My analysis, taken from BLS data copied to a spreadsheet every month, includes detailed percentage increases/decreases, 3 month numbers, and 2011 to date numbers.  I will provide this data on a state-by-state basis, including rankings in all categories, in the coming days.)

Jobs Performance Month Over Month (October to November 2011):

The best performance (biggest gains) in month over month jobs numbers (October to November 2011):
Angel Wings to-
  • New York           +28,500
  • Texas                +20,800 
  • South Carolina    +16,600
  • Georgia              +13,000
  • New Jersey         +10,300
The worst performance (biggest losses and/or smallest gains) in month over month jobs numbers:
These states get Lumps of Coal-
  • Wisconsin           -14,600   
  • Minnesota           -13,700
The best performance (biggest gains) as a percent of jobs compared to the previous month:
Angel Wings to-
  • South Carolina       +0.91%
  • Arkansas               +0.61%
  • Wyoming               +0.55%
  • New Hampshire      +0.51%
The worst performance (in this month, the biggest decrease) as a percent of jobs compared to the last month:
Lumps of Coal to-
  • Alaska                -0.79%
  • Delaware            -0.65% 
  • Montana             -0.60%
  • Wisconsin           -0.53%
  • Minnesota           -0.51% 
  • Nebraska            -0.42% 
  • Rhode Island       -0.41%  


Jobs performance over last three months (August to November 2011): 

The best performance (biggest gains) in three-month jobs numbers (August to November 2011):
Angel Wings to-
  • California   +83,400
  • Florida       +51,100
  • Texas        +34,600
  • Illinois       +26,200
  • Louisiana    +23,400
  • New York    +21,100
  • Tennessee  +20,600

The worst performance (biggest losses these three months) in three-month jobs numbers:
November's Lumps of Coal go to-
  • Wisconsin         -28,000
  • Minnesota         -21,100
  • North Carolina    -8,600
  • Ohio                 -8,600
  • Missouri            -4,900
The best performance (biggest gains) in percent of jobs over the past three months:
Angel Wings to-
  • Mississippi       +1.44%
  • Hawaii             +1.41%
  • Louisiana         +1.22%
  • North Dakota    +0.96%
  • South Carolina  +0.87%
  • Tennessee        +0.78%
The worst performance (biggest losses and/or smallest gains) in percent of jobs over the past three months:
Lumps of Coal to-
  • Wisconsin       -1.01%
  • Minnesota       -0.85%
  • Rhode Island   -0.72%
  • Nebraska        -0.71%


Jobs performance in 2011 (December 2010 to November 2011):

The best performance (biggest gains) in job numbers in 2011 to date:
Angel wings to-
  • California     +234,300
  • Texas          +184,600
  • New York     +106,000
  • Florida         +104,100
  • Ohio            +79,300
  • Illinois         +62,300
  • Michigan       +62,100
  • Pennsylvania    +55,900
  • Washington      +54,800
  • Massachusetts  +51,600 
The worst performance (biggest losses and/or smallest gains) in job numbers in 2011 to date:
Lumps of Coal to-
  • Georgia            -13,100
  • Delaware          -3,700
  • Rhode Island    even 0.00
  • Alaska             +500
  • South Dakota    +1,800
  • Indiana            +2,000
  • Maine              +2,800
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The best performance (biggest gains) as a percent of increase in number of jobs in 2011 to date:
Angel Wings to-
  • North Dakota     +4.39%
  • Oklahoma         +2.51%
  • Utah                +2.47%
  • Wyoming          +2.46%
  • Louisiana          +2.45%
  • Washington       +1.97%
  • Arizona             +1.87%
  • Texas               +1.77%
The worst performance (biggest losses and/or smallest gains) as a percent of jobs in 2011 to date:
Lumps of Coal to-
  • Georgia         -0.89%
  • Delaware       -0.34%
  • Rhode Island  even 0.00%
  • Indiana          +0.07%
  • Wisconsin      +0.14%
  • Alaska           +0.15%
  • Alabama        +0.25%
  • Missouri         +0.27%
Jobs performance year over year (November 2010 to November 2011):

The best performance (biggest gains) in job numbers year over year:
Angel Wings to-
  • California          +233,100
  • Texas               +226,000
  • Florida              +98,100
  • New York          +83,600
  • Ohio                 +75,600
The worst performance (biggest losses and/or smallest gains) in job numbers year over year:
Lumps of Coal in November to-
  • Georgia          -20,300
  • Indiana           - 7,000
  • Delaware        - 3,400
  • Rhode Island   -600
  • Alaska            -300
  • Maine             +1300
  • Missouri          +1400 
The best performance (biggest gains) as a percent of jobs year over year:
Angel Wings to-

  • North Dakota      +4.53%
  • Wyoming            +2.97%
  • Oklahoma           +2.82%
  • Utah                  +2.55%
  • Louisiana            +2.47%
  • Texas                 +2.17%
  • Washington         +2.15%

The worst performance (biggest losses and/or smallest gains) as a percent of jobs year over year:
Lumps of Coal to-
  • Delaware          -0.82%
  • Georgia            -0.53%
  • Indiana            -0.25%
  • Rhode Island     -0.13%
  • Alaska              -0.09%
  • Missouri           +0.05%
  • Alabama          +0.16%
  • Wisconsin        +0.16%

Big Sacks of Coal to these states in November:
  • Wisconsin, with 6 lumps of coal, had the largest drop in number of jobs over the past month and over the past three months.  Its ranking in percentage job growth/loss is:  47th month over month, 50th over the last three months, 46th in all of 2011, and 43rd year over year (since last November).
  • Rhode Island, also got 6 lumps of coal in its sack of jobs this month.  No jobs have been created in Rhode Island this year, one of only three states with zero or negative job growth in 2011.  Rhode Island also ranks consistently low in percentage job growth/loss. 
  • Alaska with 5 lumps of coal.
  • Delaware, with 5 lumps of coal.  
  • Other states with large sacks of coal include:
    • Indiana, Minnesota, and Missouri, each with 4 lumps of coal.
    • Wyoming with 3 lumps of coal.   
Angel Wings to these States:
  • Texas, with 6 wings.
  • New York, with 4 wings. 
  • Louisiana, with 4 wings.
  • Runner up Angel Wing states include: 
    • Southern Carolina, Florida, Washington, and North Dakota each with 3 angel wings.  

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