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Highlights – Updated November 1st 2019
As of October 2019
The October 2019 total unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) increased from the September 2019 total unemployment rate (3.5% to 3.6%). The unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted) increased for people with no disabilities (3.4% to 3.5%) and for people with a disability (6.5% to 7.4%).
The October 2019 total unemployment rate (non-adjusted) remained the same as the September 2019 total unemployment rate (3.3%). The unemployment rate (non-adjusted) remained the same for people with no disabilities (3.2%) but increased for people with a disability (6.1% to 6.9%).
The unemployment rate for people with a disability at more than twice the rate as people with no disability (7.45% compared to 3.5% (seasonally adjusted) and 6.9% compared to 3.2% not seasonally adjusted) . (October 2019)1
The percentage of those unemployed over 52 weeks for the month of October 2019 increased to 15.7% (916,434 people) from September 2019, 14.3% (861,397 people). (See Unemployed 52 Weeks or Longer)
States as of September 2019
3 states (New Mexico, West Virginia and Wyoming) are the only states that do not have a lower number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2019 (thru September) than 2008.
5 states (Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon and West Virginia) have a higher number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2019 (thru September) than 2018.
Municipalities as of September 2019
On May 1, 2019, seasonally-adjusted data for non-modeled metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions were updated from January 2010 forward based on revised historical not-seasonally-adjusted estimates and re-fitting of seasonal-adjustment models. At the same time, the data were smoothed using the Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space (RKHS) filter that had been implemented for model-based areas in early 2018. The implementation of the smoothing filter resulted in changes back to the series beginnings in January 1990.
382 of the 393 municipalities (97.2%) have an average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2019 than 2008. (September 2019)
(46 states have lower average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2019 than 2008 in all of their municipalities; Wyoming is the only state that has a higher average monthly number of unemployed in 2019 than 2008 in all of their municipalities)
113 municipalities have a higher average monthly number of unemployed in 2019 than they did in 2018.
I have added municipality unemployment charts on their respective state unemployment pages for:
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers
- Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington
- Green Bay
- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
- Louisville-Jefferson County
- Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach
- Minneapolis-St. Paul=Bloomington
- New Orleans-Metairie
- New York-Newark-Jersey City
- Salt Lake City
- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward
- St, Louis
Smoothed Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates Are Current as of September 2019
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) New Regulations: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act
OFCCP’s New Regulations to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
PLEASE NOTE: The Number of People Unemployed Over 52 Weeks is initially based on an estimate when the national data comes out each month but is more accurately represented when the state data is available. The percentages, however, will not change.