2005-06 changes in State unemployment rates
March 22, 2007
Twenty-five States posted statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from 2005 to 2006; no State registered a significant rate increase over the year.
The States with the largest rate declines were Louisiana (-2.7 percentage points), Illinois and Utah (-1.2 points each), New Mexico (-1.1 points), and Mississippi (-1.0 point). Twenty additional States reported significant over-the-year rate decreases, ranging from -0.4 to -0.9 percentage point.
The remaining 25 States and the District of Columbia recorded annual average unemployment rates for 2006 that were not appreciably different from those of 2005, even though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as those with statistically significant changes.
The annual average unemployment rate for the United States declined by one-half of a percentage point between 2005 and 2006.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2005-06 changes in State unemployment rates on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/mar/wk3/art04.htm (visited June 30, 2016).
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