2005-06 changes in State unemployment rates
March 22, 2007
Twenty-five States posted statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from 2005 to 2006; no State registered a significant rate increase over the year.
The States with the largest rate declines were Louisiana (-2.7 percentage points), Illinois and Utah (-1.2 points each), New Mexico (-1.1 points), and Mississippi (-1.0 point). Twenty additional States reported significant over-the-year rate decreases, ranging from -0.4 to -0.9 percentage point.
The remaining 25 States and the District of Columbia recorded annual average unemployment rates for 2006 that were not appreciably different from those of 2005, even though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as those with statistically significant changes.
The annual average unemployment rate for the United States declined by one-half of a percentage point between 2005 and 2006.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2005-06 changes in State unemployment rates on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/mar/wk3/art04.htm (visited January 21, 2020).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- A look at employment and wages in U.S. establishments with foreign ownership
Examines employment and wages in U.S. establishments that have at least one foreign owner with at least 10 percent ownership.
- 25 years of Worker Injury, Illness, and Fatality Case Data
Examines detailed historical data on work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries.
- Occupational employment projections through the perspective of education and training
Examines employment, projected employment growth, and wages for occupations with different education and training requirements.
- Workers in Alternative Employment Arrangements
A look at independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, and workers provided by contract firms.