In February, unemployment rates were lower in 8 states, higher in 1 state, and stable
in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in
4 states and was essentially unchanged in 46 states and the District.
Jobless rates were lower in January than a year earlier in 292 of the 389 metropolitan areas,
higher in 77, and unchanged in 20. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 31 metropolitan areas
over the year, down in 1, and essentially unchanged in 357.
Annual average unemployment rates in 2019 decreased in 10 states, increased in 1,
and were little changed in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Employment-
population ratios increased in 16 states, decreased in 2, and were little changed
in 32 states and the District.
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