In December 2019, unemployment rates were lower in 11 states, higher in 4 states, and stable
in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 3
states and was essentially unchanged in 47 states and the District.
Jobless rates were lower in December than a year earlier in 266 of the 389 metropolitan areas,
higher in 101, and unchanged in 22. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 45 metropolitan areas
over the year and essentially unchanged in 344.
Annual average unemployment rates in 2018 decreased in 25 states, increased in 1,
and were little changed in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Employment-population
ratios increased in 9 states, decreased in 1, and were little changed in 40 states and the District.
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