Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States, 2014-2015 Annual Averages
State 2014
rate
2015
rate
Over-the-year
Change Rank

United States

6.2 5.3 -0.9

Michigan

7.3 5.4 -1.9 1

Rhode Island

7.7 6.0 -1.7 2

California

7.5 6.2 -1.3 3

Illinois

7.1 5.9 -1.2 4

Maine

5.6 4.4 -1.2 4

Oregon

6.8 5.6 -1.2 4

Colorado

5.0 3.9 -1.1 7

Georgia

7.1 6.0 -1.1 7

Indiana

5.9 4.8 -1.1 7

Kentucky

6.4 5.3 -1.1 7

Mississippi

7.5 6.4 -1.1 7

Missouri

6.1 5.0 -1.1 7

Nevada

7.9 6.8 -1.1 7

Arkansas

6.1 5.1 -1.0 14

New York

6.3 5.3 -1.0 14

Connecticut

6.6 5.7 -0.9 16

Delaware

5.7 4.8 -0.9 16

District of Columbia

7.8 6.9 -0.9 16

Florida

6.3 5.4 -0.9 16

Massachusetts

5.8 4.9 -0.9 16

New Hampshire

4.3 3.4 -0.9 16

New Jersey

6.7 5.8 -0.9 16

Ohio

5.8 4.9 -0.9 16

Tennessee

6.5 5.6 -0.9 16

Arizona

6.8 6.0 -0.8 25

Hawaii

4.4 3.6 -0.8 25

Wisconsin

5.4 4.6 -0.8 25

Alabama

6.8 6.1 -0.7 28

Idaho

4.9 4.2 -0.7 28

Maryland

5.8 5.1 -0.7 28

Virginia

5.2 4.5 -0.7 28

Texas

5.1 4.5 -0.6 32

Iowa

4.3 3.8 -0.5 33

Minnesota

4.2 3.7 -0.5 33

Montana

4.7 4.2 -0.5 33

North Carolina

6.3 5.8 -0.5 33

Pennsylvania

5.8 5.3 -0.5 33

Washington

6.1 5.6 -0.5 33

Alaska

6.8 6.4 -0.4 39

South Carolina

6.4 6.0 -0.4 39

Vermont

4.0 3.6 -0.4 39

Kansas

4.5 4.2 -0.3 42

Nebraska

3.3 3.0 -0.3 42

South Dakota

3.4 3.1 -0.3 42

Utah

3.8 3.6 -0.2 45

Louisiana

6.4 6.3 -0.1 46

New Mexico

6.7 6.6 -0.1 46

Oklahoma

4.5 4.4 -0.1 46

Wyoming

4.2 4.2 0.0 49

North Dakota

2.7 2.8 0.1 50

West Virginia

6.6 6.8 0.2 51

Note: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence.

 

Last Modified Date: February 28, 2017