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A data chart image of North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in February 2020

North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in February 2020

April 01, 2020

North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in February, 2.2 percent, while Alaska had the highest rate, 5.8 percent.

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March 31, 2020

A data chart image of 21 states added jobs from February 2019 to February 2020

21 states added jobs from February 2019 to February 2020

From February 2019 to February 2020, 21 states had statistically significant increases in nonfarm payroll employment. The largest percentage gains occurred in Utah (2.9 percent), Washington (2.8 percent), and Arizona (2.7 percent). Employment decreased significantly in West Virginia (−11,000, or −1.5 percent).

March 30, 2020

A data chart image of Multifactor productivity up 0.9 percent in 2019

Multifactor productivity up 0.9 percent in 2019

Private nonfarm business sector multifactor productivity increased 0.9 percent in 2019. The 2019 increase reflects a 2.7-percent increase in output and a 1.8-percent increase in the combined inputs of capital and labor. Multifactor productivity also increased 0.9 percent in 2018.

March 27, 2020

A data chart image of 181 of 389 metropolitan areas had jobless rates above the U.S. rate of 4.0 percent in January 2020

181 of 389 metropolitan areas had jobless rates above the U.S. rate of 4.0 percent in January 2020

In January 2020, a total of 196 metropolitan areas had jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 4.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted), 181 areas had rates above it, and 12 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. Ames, Iowa, and Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, had the lowest unemployment rates, 2.2 percent each. El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rate, 18.8 percent.

March 26, 2020

A data chart image of 31 metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from January 2019 to January 2020

31 metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from January 2019 to January 2020

From January 2019 to January 2020, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 31 metropolitan areas, decreased in 1 area, and was essentially unchanged in the remaining 357 areas.

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