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Unemployment rates down over the year in 27 states; Kentucky has largest decline 


April 24, 2015
Twenty-seven states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines from March 2014 to March 2015; the largest was in Kentucky (-2.1 percentage points). The only significant increases occurred in Louisiana (1.1 percentage points) and North Dakota (0.4 percentage point). The remaining 21 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were little different from those of a year earlier. Full Text »
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  1. In 2014, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota were the states with the highest employment–population ratios, all above __________.

    • 72 percent
    • 70 percent
    • 68 percent
    • 66 percent

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