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Three states at historically low unemployment rates in August 2017 

September 21, 2017
In August 2017, unemployment rates for North Dakota (2.3 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), and Tennessee (3.3 percent) were at their lowest levels since the state unemployment data series began in January 1976. Among states, North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Colorado (2.4 percent), Hawaii (2.6 percent), and New Hampshire (2.7 percent). Alaska had the highest unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent. Full Text »
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