Lowest State unemployment rate: Hawaii
March 02, 2006
In 2005, Hawaii again had the lowest annual average unemployment rate among the states, 2.8 percent.
North Dakota posted the next lowest rate, 3.4 percent, followed closely by Vermont and Virginia, 3.5 percent each, and New Hampshire and Wyoming, 3.6 percent each. Four additional states (Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota) reported annual average unemployment rates below 4.0 percent for 2005.
Overall, 31 states reported unemployment rates below the national average of 5.1 percent, 18 states and the District of Columbia registered rates above it, and 1 state had the same rate.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Lowest State unemployment rate: Hawaii on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/feb/wk4/art04.htm (visited September 22, 2020).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- Using BLS Data to Match People with Disabilities with Jobs Presents data that can help increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities in the nation’s labor market.
- How Women and Aging Affect Trends in Labor Force Growth Examines how women’s labor force participation and the aging of the U.S. population affect trends in labor force growth.
- Meal Appeal: Patterns of Expenditures on Food away from Home
Examines spending on food away from home, such as meals or snacks from restaurants, vending machines, employer cafeterias, or other venues.
- Job Flexibilities and Work Schedules in 2017–18
Examines data on job flexibilities, such as working at home, flexible schedules, and shift work.