Iowa reports lowest unemployment rate in 1999
March 01, 2000
With an average unemployment rate of 2.5 percent, Iowa reported the lowest unemployment rate in the nation in 1999, followed by New Hampshire at 2.7 percent.
Other states with unemployment rates below 3.0 percent included Minnesota and Virginia at 2.8 percent, and Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota with unemployment rates of 2.9 percent each. Nine of the 17 states with jobless rates below 3.5 percent were in the Midwest.
Overall, 26 states had unemployment rates below the national average, while 24 states and the District of Columbia posted higher rates—the most even distribution in 12 years.
These data are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see State and Regional Unemployment, 1999 Annual Averages (USDL 00-56).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Iowa reports lowest unemployment rate in 1999 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/feb/wk5/art03.htm (visited October 21, 2020).
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