States with lower-than-national unemployment rates

March 20, 2013

In January 2013, 24 states reported jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 7.9 percent, 9 states had measurably higher rates, and 17 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

States with unemployment rates significantly lower than that of the United States, January 2013, seasonally adjusted
StateUnemployment rate (p)

North Dakota

3.3

Nebraska

3.8

South Dakota

4.4

Vermont

4.7

Wyoming

4.9

Iowa

5.0

Oklahoma

5.1

Hawaii

5.2

Utah

5.4

Kansas

5.5

Minnesota

5.6

Virginia

5.6

Montana

5.7

New Hampshire

5.8

Louisiana

5.9

Idaho

6.3

Texas

6.3

Missouri

6.5

New Mexico

6.6

Alaska

6.7

Maryland

6.7

Massachusetts

6.7

Ohio

7.0

Wisconsin

7.0

United States

7.9

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary.
 

North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.3 percent. The unemployment rates in Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Iowa ranged from 3.8 to 5.0 percent.

California and Rhode Island recorded the highest unemployment rates among the states in January, 9.8 percent each.

The West continued to record the highest regional unemployment rate, 8.6 percent in January, while the Midwest and South reported the lowest rates, 7.3 percent each.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — January 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0475.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, States with lower-than-national unemployment rates on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130320.htm (visited April 18, 2014).

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