Freeze-Dried: Weather and January State Jobs in Maps

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With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees, commuters wait for a bus on Jan. 28, 2014 in Chicago.

States across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South lost jobs in January, Labor Department data show…

As many states experienced an unusually cold winter, based on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association map….

…and as the Western United States was drought-plagued, potentially weighing on California job gains.

“Where the weather made most of the difference was in the Northeast,” said Alex Miron, an economist at Moody’s Economy.com in West Chester, Pennsylvania. States such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York showed “unusually large losses in retail trade employment that we can’t account for based on the economies in those states,” he said.

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