Changes in State unemployment rates in 2004
March 15, 2005
Annual average unemployment rates decreased in 43 States from 2003 to 2004, rose in 4 States and the District of Columbia, and were unchanged in 3 States.
The largest rate declines were in Washington (-1.2 percentage points), New Jersey (-1.1 points), and North Carolina (-1.0 point). Twenty-two additional States registered over-the-year rate decreases of at least one-half percentage point. This group included most of the States in the West.
In 2004, no State had an unemployment rate increase larger than 0.4 percentage point. The District of Columbia's rate rose by 1.0 percentage point.
At the national level, the jobless rate fell by 0.5 percentage point to 5.5 percent between 2003 and 2004.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Changes in State unemployment rates in 2004 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/mar/wk2/art02.htm (visited September 02, 2015).
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