State unemployment, May 2014
June 25, 2014
Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in May. Twenty states had unemployment rate decreases from April, 16 states had increases, and 14 states and the District of Columbia had no change.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rhode Island again had the highest unemployment rate among the states in May, 8.2 percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.6 percent. In May, five states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate declines: Illinois and Massachusetts (−0.4 percentage point each) and California, Montana, and Utah (−0.2 point each). Georgia and Virginia had the only significant over-the-month rate increases (+0.3 and +0.2 percentage point, respectively).
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 — May 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-1139.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, State unemployment, May 2014 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140625.htm (visited September 19, 2014).
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