Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States, 2017-2018 Annual Averages
State 2017
rate
2018
rate
Over-the-year
Change Rank

United States

4.4 3.9 -0.5  

New Mexico

5.9 4.9 -1.0 1

South Carolina

4.3 3.4 -0.9 2

Georgia

4.7 3.9 -0.8 3

Oklahoma

4.2 3.4 -0.8 3

Delaware

4.5 3.8 -0.7 5

Virginia

3.7 3.0 -0.7 5

California

4.8 4.2 -0.6 7

Connecticut

4.7 4.1 -0.6 7

Florida

4.2 3.6 -0.6 7

Illinois

4.9 4.3 -0.6 7

Iowa

3.1 2.5 -0.6 7

Kentucky

4.9 4.3 -0.6 7

Missouri

3.8 3.2 -0.6 7

New York

4.7 4.1 -0.6 7

North Carolina

4.5 3.9 -0.6 7

Pennsylvania

4.9 4.3 -0.6 7

Alabama

4.4 3.9 -0.5 17

District of Columbia

6.1 5.6 -0.5 17

Massachusetts

3.8 3.3 -0.5 17

Michigan

4.6 4.1 -0.5 17

Minnesota

3.4 2.9 -0.5 17

Nevada

5.1 4.6 -0.5 17

New Jersey

4.6 4.1 -0.5 17

Alaska

7.0 6.6 -0.4 24

Idaho

3.2 2.8 -0.4 24

Maryland

4.3 3.9 -0.4 24

Ohio

5.0 4.6 -0.4 24

Texas

4.3 3.9 -0.4 24

Kansas

3.7 3.4 -0.3 29

Mississippi

5.1 4.8 -0.3 29

Rhode Island

4.4 4.1 -0.3 29

Tennessee

3.8 3.5 -0.3 29

Vermont

3.0 2.7 -0.3 29

Wisconsin

3.3 3.0 -0.3 29

Indiana

3.6 3.4 -0.2 35

Louisiana

5.1 4.9 -0.2 35

Montana

3.9 3.7 -0.2 35

New Hampshire

2.7 2.5 -0.2 35

South Dakota

3.2 3.0 -0.2 35

Utah

3.3 3.1 -0.2 35

Washington

4.7 4.5 -0.2 35

Arizona

4.9 4.8 -0.1 42

Nebraska

2.9 2.8 -0.1 42

North Dakota

2.7 2.6 -0.1 42

Wyoming

4.2 4.1 -0.1 42

Arkansas

3.7 3.7 0.0 46

Hawaii

2.4 2.4 0.0 46

Maine

3.4 3.4 0.0 46

Oregon

4.1 4.2 0.1 49

West Virginia

5.2 5.3 0.1 49

Colorado

2.7 3.3 0.6 51

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

 

Last Modified Date: February 28, 2019