Bureau of Labor Statistics

Eighteen states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 6.2 percent, July 2014

August 25, 2014

In July 2014, a total of 18 states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 6.2 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 24 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate among states (8.0 percent). North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate (2.8 percent).

From June to July, 7 states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes, all of which were increases. The significant increases occurred in Tennessee (0.5 percentage point), Georgia (0.4 point), South Carolina (0.4 point), Wyoming (0.4 point), Maryland (0.3 point), Vermont (0.3 point), and Iowa (0.1 point). The remaining 43 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.

Unemployment rates by state, seasonally adjusted, July 2014 (U.S. rate = 6.2 percent)

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Unemployment rates by state, seasonally adjusted, July 2014 (U.S. rate = 6.2 percent)
StateUnemployment rate (p)Difference from U.S. unemployment rate

Mississippi

8.0Statistically significant, above

Georgia

7.8Statistically significant, above

Michigan

7.7Statistically significant, above

Nevada

7.7Statistically significant, above

Rhode Island

7.7Statistically significant, above

California

7.4Statistically significant, above

District of Columbia

7.4Statistically significant, above

Kentucky

7.4Statistically significant, above

Tennessee

7.1Statistically significant, above

Alabama

7.0Not statistically different

Arizona

7.0Not statistically different

Oregon

6.9Not statistically different

Illinois

6.8Not statistically different

Connecticut

6.6Not statistically different

New Mexico

6.6Not statistically different

New York

6.6Not statistically different

Alaska

6.5Not statistically different

Missouri

6.5Not statistically different

New Jersey

6.5Not statistically different

North Carolina

6.5Not statistically different

West Virginia

6.3Not statistically different

Arkansas

6.2Not statistically different

Delaware

6.2Not statistically different

Florida

6.2Not statistically different

Maryland

6.1Not statistically different

Indiana

5.9Not statistically different

Wisconsin

5.8Not statistically different

Ohio

5.7Not statistically different

Pennsylvania

5.7Not statistically different

South Carolina

5.7Not statistically different

Massachusetts

5.6Not statistically different

Washington

5.6Not statistically different

Maine

5.5Statistically significant, below

Louisiana

5.4Not statistically different

Virginia

5.4Statistically significant, below

Colorado

5.3Statistically significant, below

Texas

5.1Statistically significant, below

Kansas

4.9Statistically significant, below

Idaho

4.8Statistically significant, below

Montana

4.6Statistically significant, below

Oklahoma

4.6Statistically significant, below

Iowa

4.5Statistically significant, below

Minnesota

4.5Statistically significant, below

Hawaii

4.4Statistically significant, below

New Hampshire

4.4Statistically significant, below

Wyoming

4.4Statistically significant, below

South Dakota

3.7Statistically significant, below

Vermont

3.7Statistically significant, below

Nebraska

3.6Statistically significant, below

Utah

3.6Statistically significant, below

North Dakota

2.8Statistically significant, below

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary.
 

Washington, 5.6%Oregon, 6.9%California, 7.4%Idaho, 4.8%Nevada, 7.7%Montana, 4.6%Wyoming, 4.4%Utah, 3.6%Arizona, 7.0%Colorado, 5.3%New Mexico, 6.6%North Dakota, 2.8%South Dakota, 3.7%Nebraska, 3.6%Kansas, 4.9%Oklahoma, 4.6%Texas, 5.1%Louisiana, 5.4%Arkansas, 6.2%Missouri, 6.5%Iowa, 4.5%Minnesota, 4.5%Alaska, 6.5%Hawaii, 4.4%Kentucky, 7.4%Tennessee, 7.1%Mississippi, 8.0%Alabama, 7.0%Florida, 6.2%Georgia, 7.8%South Carolina, 5.7%North Carolina, 6.5%Virginia, 5.4%District of Columbia, 7.4%West Virginia, 6.3%Maryland, 6.1%Delaware, 6.2%Wisconsin, 5.8%Illinois, 6.8%Michigan, 7.7%Indiana, 5.9%Ohio, 5.7%Pennsylvania, 5.7%New Jersey, 6.5%New York, 6.6%Connecticut, 6.6%Rhode Island, 7.7%Massachusetts, 5.6%Vermont, 3.7%New Hampshire, 4.4%Maine, 5.5%

From July 2013 to July 2014, twenty nine states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant changes, all of which were decreases. The largest decline occurred in Illinois (−2.4 percentage points), followed by Nevada (−2.2 points), and South Carolina (−2.0 points).

Among the nine geographic divisions, the East South Central had the highest unemployment rate, 7.3 percent in July. The West North Central again had the lowest rate, 4.9 percent. Over the month, the South Atlantic had the only statistically significant jobless rate change (0.1 percentage point). Seven divisions had significant rate changes from a year earlier, all of which were declines. The largest of these decreases occurred in the East North Central (−1.8 percentage points), Middle Atlantic (−1.5 points), and Pacific (−1.5 points).

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — July 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1546.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Eighteen states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 6.2 percent, July 2014 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140825.htm (visited December 02, 2021).

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