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March jobless rates down in 20 states; payroll jobs up in 29 states


In March, unemployment rates were lower in 20 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 30 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 29 states and was essentially unchanged in 21 states and the District.
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March jobless rates up over the year in 308 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs down in 159


Jobless rates were higher in March than a year earlier in 308 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 75, and unchanged in 6. Nonfarm payroll employment was down in 159 metropolitan areas over the year, up in 3, and essentially unchanged in 227.
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Unemployment rates up and employment-population ratios down in all states in 2020


Annual average unemployment rates increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. Employment-population ratios decreased in all 50 states and the District.


Caution: data in many archived news releases have been revised in subsequent releases.