Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States, 2015-2016 Annual Averages
State 2015
rate
2016
rate
Over-the-year
Change Rank

United States

5.3 4.9 -0.4

Massachusetts

4.9 3.7 -1.2 1

South Carolina

6.0 4.8 -1.2 1

Arkansas

5.1 4.0 -1.1 3

Nevada

6.8 5.7 -1.1 3

District of Columbia

6.9 6.0 -0.9 5

California

6.2 5.4 -0.8 6

Maryland

5.1 4.3 -0.8 6

New Jersey

5.8 5.0 -0.8 6

Tennessee

5.6 4.8 -0.8 6

West Virginia

6.8 6.0 -0.8 6

Arizona

6.0 5.3 -0.7 11

North Carolina

5.8 5.1 -0.7 11

Oregon

5.6 4.9 -0.7 11

Rhode Island

6.0 5.3 -0.7 11

Colorado

3.9 3.3 -0.6 15

Connecticut

5.7 5.1 -0.6 15

Georgia

6.0 5.4 -0.6 15

Hawaii

3.6 3.0 -0.6 15

Mississippi

6.4 5.8 -0.6 15

New Hampshire

3.4 2.8 -0.6 15

Florida

5.4 4.9 -0.5 21

Maine

4.4 3.9 -0.5 21

Michigan

5.4 4.9 -0.5 21

Missouri

5.0 4.5 -0.5 21

New York

5.3 4.8 -0.5 21

Virginia

4.5 4.0 -0.5 21

Wisconsin

4.6 4.1 -0.5 21

Delaware

4.8 4.4 -0.4 28

Idaho

4.2 3.8 -0.4 28

Indiana

4.8 4.4 -0.4 28

Kentucky

5.3 5.0 -0.3 31

South Dakota

3.1 2.8 -0.3 31

Vermont

3.6 3.3 -0.3 31

Louisiana

6.3 6.1 -0.2 34

Utah

3.6 3.4 -0.2 34

Washington

5.6 5.4 -0.2 34

Alabama

6.1 6.0 -0.1 37

Iowa

3.8 3.7 -0.1 37

Montana

4.2 4.1 -0.1 37

Illinois

5.9 5.9 0.0 40

Kansas

4.2 4.2 0.0 40

Ohio

4.9 4.9 0.0 40

New Mexico

6.6 6.7 0.1 43

Pennsylvania

5.3 5.4 0.1 43

Texas

4.5 4.6 0.1 43

Alaska

6.4 6.6 0.2 46

Minnesota

3.7 3.9 0.2 46

Nebraska

3.0 3.2 0.2 46

North Dakota

2.8 3.2 0.4 49

Oklahoma

4.4 4.9 0.5 50

Wyoming

4.2 5.3 1.1 51

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

 

Last Modified Date: February 28, 2017