It’s the Jobs, Stupid

For some reason, I’ve landed on the Senate Joint Economic Committee‘s mailing list. They’ve sent me some interesting data:

* Over the past year, the unemployment rate has fallen in 46 states.
* Non-farm payroll employment increased in 36 states in May.
* Over the past year, employment has increased in 44 states.
* 37 states now have unemployment rates at or below the national unemployment rate of 5.6 percent.

It’s based on a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today, which is the first cut at the May 2004 figures.

State-by-state data is available, in PDF format, here.

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