South Dakota had lowest unemployment rate in 2002
March 03, 2003
South Dakota posted the lowest annual average unemployment rate for 2002 at 3.1 percent.
Nebraska had the next lowest rate at 3.6 percent, followed by Vermont at 3.7 percent. Two States had average unemployment rates of 4.0 percent: Iowa and North Dakota.
Overall, 32 States had unemployment rates below the national average of 5.8 percent in 2002. All seven States in the West North Central division and all six in New England posted rates below the U.S. rate.
These data are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see State and Regional Unemployment, 2002 Annual Averages, news release USDL 03-90.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, South Dakota had lowest unemployment rate in 2002 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/mar/wk1/art01.htm (visited January 20, 2020).
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