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Illinois and Nevada have largest declines in unemployment rate, September 2013 to September 2014

October 23, 2014

From September 2013 to September 2014, 26 states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes, all of which were decreases. The largest of these occurred in Illinois (where the unemployment rate decreased from 9.1 percent to 6.6 percent, a change of −2.5 percentage points) and Nevada (which had a decrease from 9.6 percent to 7.3 percent, a change of −2.3 points).

 

Unemployment rate and number of unemployed in September 2014 and 12-month change in the unemployment rate for states with statistically significant changes, seasonally adjusted
   State    Unemployment rate,
September 2014
Over-the-year change,
September 2013 to September 2014
Number of unemployed,
September 2014

Illinois

6.6% -2.5 427,600

Nevada

7.3 -2.3 100,100

Colorado

4.7 -1.9 131,300

Rhode Island

7.6 -1.9 42,300

Ohio

5.6 -1.8 318,600

Indiana

5.7 -1.6 184,600

Kentucky

6.7 -1.6 134,100

Michigan

7.2 -1.6 342,500

Pennsylvania

5.7 -1.6 360,400

Arkansas

6.2 -1.5 81,000

California

7.3 -1.5 1,361,200

Idaho

4.5 -1.5 34,700

New Jersey

6.5 -1.4 294,400

Connecticut

6.4 -1.3 119,800

New York

6.2 -1.3 586,500

Massachusetts

6.0 -1.2 213,200

Washington

5.7 -1.2 198,300

Texas

5.2 -1.1 679,600

Wisconsin

5.5 -1.1 169,400

Montana

4.6 -1.0 23,900

North Carolina

6.7 -1.0 310,300

New Hampshire

4.3 -0.9 32,100

Florida

6.1 -0.8 589,600

Maine

5.8 -0.8 40,700

Minnesota

4.1 -0.8 122,100

Utah

3.5 -0.8 50,600

Note: Data are preliminary.

 

Both Colorado (where the unemployment rate declined from 6.6 percent to 4.7 percent) and Rhode Island (9.5 percent to 7.6 percent) had over-the-year changes of −1.9 percentage points. In Ohio, the unemployment rate changed by −1.8 percentage points from September 2013 to September 2014.

Georgia's unemployment rate in September 2014 was the highest among all of the states, 7.9 percent. Mississippi and the District of Columbia each had unemployment rates of 7.7 percent. The Dakotas had the lowest jobless rates, 2.8 percent in North Dakota and 3.4 percent in South Dakota. These rates 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. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — September 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-1963.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Illinois and Nevada have largest declines in unemployment rate, September 2013 to September 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141023.htm (visited December 05, 2019).

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