State unemployment rates, March 2012

April 23, 2012

In March, 49 states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while New York experienced an increase. The national jobless rate was little changed from February at 8.2 percent but was 0.7 percentage point lower than in March 2011.

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States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from March 2011 to March 2012, seasonally adjusted
StateMarch 2012March 2011

Alabama

7.39.3

California

1111.9

Connecticut

7.79.1

Florida

910.7

Georgia

99.8

Michigan

8.510.5

Minnesota

5.86.6

Missouri

7.48.7

Nevada

1213.6

Ohio

7.58.8

South Carolina

8.910.4

South Dakota

4.34.9

Tennessee

7.99.4

Texas

78.0

Utah

5.87.1

Vermont

4.85.8

Washington

8.39.4

Wisconsin

6.87.6

In March 2012, Alabama and Michigan registered the largest jobless rate decreases from March 2011 (-2.0 percentage points each). Sixteen additional states reported smaller but also statistically significant declines over the year. The remaining 32 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics programs. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — March 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0717.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, State unemployment rates, March 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120423.htm (visited April 16, 2014).

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