Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States, 2016-2017 Annual Averages
State 2016
rate
2017
rate
Over-the-year
Change Rank

United States

4.9 4.4 -0.5

Alabama

5.9 4.4 -1.5 1

Wyoming

5.3 4.2 -1.1 2

Tennessee

4.7 3.7 -1.0 3

Indiana

4.4 3.5 -0.9 4

Louisiana

6.0 5.1 -0.9 4

West Virginia

6.1 5.2 -0.9 4

Illinois

5.8 5.0 -0.8 7

Missouri

4.6 3.8 -0.8 7

California

5.5 4.8 -0.7 9

Georgia

5.4 4.7 -0.7 9

Mississippi

5.8 5.1 -0.7 9

Nevada

5.7 5.0 -0.7 9

Oregon

4.8 4.1 -0.7 9

Rhode Island

5.2 4.5 -0.7 9

South Carolina

5.0 4.3 -0.7 9

Wisconsin

4.0 3.3 -0.7 9

Florida

4.8 4.2 -0.6 17

Idaho

3.8 3.2 -0.6 17

Arizona

5.4 4.9 -0.5 19

Colorado

3.3 2.8 -0.5 19

Hawaii

2.9 2.4 -0.5 19

Iowa

3.6 3.1 -0.5 19

Maine

3.8 3.3 -0.5 19

New Mexico

6.7 6.2 -0.5 19

North Carolina

5.1 4.6 -0.5 19

North Dakota

3.1 2.6 -0.5 19

Oklahoma

4.8 4.3 -0.5 19

Pennsylvania

5.4 4.9 -0.5 19

Washington

5.3 4.8 -0.5 19

Connecticut

5.1 4.7 -0.4 30

Kansas

4.0 3.6 -0.4 30

Michigan

5.0 4.6 -0.4 30

Minnesota

3.9 3.5 -0.4 30

New Jersey

5.0 4.6 -0.4 30

Maryland

4.4 4.1 -0.3 35

Texas

4.6 4.3 -0.3 35

Virginia

4.1 3.8 -0.3 35

Arkansas

3.9 3.7 -0.2 38

Kentucky

5.1 4.9 -0.2 38

Massachusetts

3.9 3.7 -0.2 38

Nebraska

3.1 2.9 -0.2 38

New Hampshire

2.9 2.7 -0.2 38

Utah

3.4 3.2 -0.2 38

Vermont

3.2 3.0 -0.2 38

Montana

4.1 4.0 -0.1 45

New York

4.8 4.7 -0.1 45

District of Columbia

6.1 6.1 0.0 47

Ohio

5.0 5.0 0.0 47

Delaware

4.5 4.6 0.1 49

Alaska

6.9 7.2 0.3 50

South Dakota

3.0 3.3 0.3 50

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

 

Last Modified Date: February 27, 2018