August 22, 2013
Nevada had the highest unemployment rate (9.5 percent) among the states in July 2013. Illinois had the next highest rate (9.2 percent), followed by North Carolina and Rhode Island (both 8.9 percent), Georgia and Michigan (both 8.8 percent), and California (8.7 percent).
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North Dakota continued to have the lowest jobless rate (3.0 percent) among the states in July, followed by South Dakota (3.9 percent), Nebraska (4.2 percent), Hawaii (4.5 percent), and Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming (4.6 percent each).
In total, 17 states had jobless rates that were significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 7.4 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program; the data are preliminary and seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — July 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑1697.