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.
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.