March 14, 2011
Nevada registered the highest unemployment rate among the States, 14.2 percent in January.
The States with the next highest unemployment rates were California, 12.4 percent, and Florida, 11.9 percent. One State, Colorado, set a new series high, 9.1 percent. All State series begin in 1976.
North Dakota reported the lowest jobless rate, 3.8 percent, followed by Nebraska and South Dakota, 4.2 and 4.7 percent, respectively.
In total, 23 States posted jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 9.0 percent, 10 States recorded measurably higher rates, and 17 States and the District of Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the Nation.
Sixteen States reported statistically significant over-the-year jobless rate decreases in January, the largest of which were in Michigan (−3.0 percentage points) and Illinois (−2.2 points). The remaining 34 States and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — January 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0305.