Bureau of Labor Statistics

Illinois has the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease, August 2014

September 24, 2014

From August 2013 to August 2014, 45 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases, 3 states had increases, and 2 states had no change. The national jobless rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than in August 2013.

Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for states, seasonally adjusted, August 2013–August 2014


Unchanged or increase
 
Decrease of 0.5 percentage point to 0.1 percentage point
 
Decrease of 1.0 percentage point to 0.6 percentage point
 
Decrease of 1.5 percentage points to 1.1 percentage points
 
Decrease of 1.6 percentage points or more
 
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for states, seasonally adjusted, August 2013–August 2014
StateAug. 2013Aug. 2014 (p)Change (p)

Illinois

9.26.7-2.5

Nevada

9.87.6-2.2

Rhode Island

9.67.7-1.9

Ohio

7.55.7-1.8

Colorado

6.85.1-1.7

Indiana

7.55.8-1.7

Michigan

9.07.4-1.6

Pennsylvania

7.45.8-1.6

California

8.97.4-1.5

Idaho

6.24.7-1.5

New Jersey

8.16.6-1.5

Arkansas

7.76.3-1.4

Massachusetts

7.25.8-1.4

Washington

7.05.6-1.4

Kentucky

8.47.1-1.3

New York

7.76.4-1.3

Connecticut

7.86.6-1.2

North Carolina

8.06.8-1.2

Maine

6.75.6-1.1

South Carolina

7.56.4-1.1

Texas

6.45.3-1.1

Wisconsin

6.75.6-1.1

Arizona

8.17.1-1.0

Montana

5.74.7-1.0

Tennessee

8.47.4-1.0

New Hampshire

5.34.4-0.9

Oklahoma

5.64.7-0.9

Florida

7.16.3-0.8

Utah

4.43.6-0.8

District Of Columbia

8.37.6-0.7

Minnesota

5.04.3-0.7

Mississippi

8.67.9-0.7

Kansas

5.54.9-0.6

Hawaii

4.84.3-0.5

Oregon

7.77.2-0.5

Louisiana

6.25.8-0.4

Nebraska

4.03.6-0.4

Vermont

4.54.1-0.4

Missouri

6.66.3-0.3

New Mexico

7.06.7-0.3

Delaware

6.76.5-0.2

Iowa

4.74.5-0.2

Maryland

6.66.4-0.2

South Dakota

3.83.6-0.2

Georgia

8.28.1-0.1

North Dakota

2.92.8-0.1

Virginia

5.65.60.0

Wyoming

4.64.60.0

Alaska

6.76.80.1

West Virginia

6.56.60.1

Alabama

6.56.90.4
Footnotes:

(P) Preliminary

Twenty-seven states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes over the year, all of which were decreases. The largest of these declines occurred in Illinois (-2.5 percentage points) and Nevada (-2.2 points). The remaining 23 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.

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 — August 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-1715.

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