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JEC Releases June 2011 State-by-State Economic Snapshots

Jun 20 2011

JEC Releases June 2011 State-by-State Economic Snapshots

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released its latest monthly state-by-state report, titled “Understanding the Economy: State-by-State Snapshots.”  The updated report shows that 23 states saw an increase in private sector employment during the month of May. In the past 12 months, all but three states and the District of Columbia have added private-sector jobs (to read the Executive Summary of the report, click here). 

“This month’s report shows some bright spots, with more than half of the states adding manufacturing jobs,” said Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the JEC.  “We’ve made progress in the past year, but Congress still has more work to do.  In too many states, unemployment remains unacceptably high and initiatives to create new jobs are stalling in Washington. Programs to retrain our workers who have lost jobs through unfair trade practices have fallen prey to politics.  Additional steps to rebuild our manufacturing base still need to be taken.

Continued Casey, “Wednesday, I’m holding a JEC hearing that will focus on the need for a national manufacturing strategy. I look forward to looking at new ways to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost job creation, and support our nation’s economic recovery.”

Additionally, for the first time, the state-by-state report includes data on the 2010 average unemployment rates for Post-9/11 veterans (those who have served on active duty since September 2001.)  The report finds that Post-9/11 veterans faced higher unemployment rates than the overall veteran population in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

Understanding the Economy: State-by-State Snapshots features key economic statistics for each state and the District of Columbia, including:

  • Jobs created or lost since the start of the recession;
  • Jobs saved or created by the Recovery Act;
  • Unemployment rates;
  • Per capita earnings; and
  • The condition of the housing sector.

The report, available online at www.jec.senate.gov, has been updated to include state data released June 17, 2011 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and is the sixth installment of JEC’s State-by-State Economic Snapshots series in the 112th Congress.

To see individual state snapshots, click here.

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