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

November 28, 2014

Among the states, Illinois and Nevada had the largest unemployment rate declines from October 2013 to October 2014. In Illinois, the unemployment rate declined from 9.1 percent in October 2013 to 6.6 percent in October 2014—a decline of 2.5 percentage points. The jobless rate in Nevada declined by 2.3 percentage points (from 9.4 percent to 7.1 percent) over the same period. Colorado's unemployment rate dropped from 6.5 percent in October 2013 to 4.3 percent in October 2014 (-2.2 percentage points).

States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from October 2013 to October 2014, seasonally adjusted
State October 2013 October 2014(p) Over-the-year change(p)

Arkansas

7.6 6.0 -1.6

California

8.6 7.3 -1.3

Colorado

6.5 4.3 -2.2

Connecticut

7.6 6.4 -1.2

Florida

6.7 6.0 -0.7

Idaho

5.9 4.1 -1.8

Illinois

9.1 6.6 -2.5

Indiana

7.1 5.7 -1.4

Kansas

5.2 4.4 -0.8

Kentucky

8.2 6.2 -2.0

Massachusetts

7.2 6.0 -1.2

Michigan

8.6 7.1 -1.5

Minnesota

4.8 3.9 -0.9

Montana

5.5 4.5 -1.0

Nevada

9.4 7.1 -2.3

New Hampshire

5.2 4.2 -1.0

New Jersey

7.7 6.6 -1.1

New York

7.4 6.0 -1.4

North Carolina

7.5 6.3 -1.2

Ohio

7.4 5.3 -2.1

Oklahoma

5.6 4.5 -1.1

Pennsylvania

7.1 5.4 -1.7

Rhode Island

9.4 7.4 -2.0

Tennessee

8.1 7.1 -1.0

Texas

6.2 5.1 -1.1

Washington

6.8 6.0 -0.8

Wisconsin

6.5 5.4 -1.1
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

In addition to Illinois, Nevada, and Colorado, there were 24 other states that had smaller but also statistically significant rate decreases over the 12 months ending in October 2014. The remaining 23 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment 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 — October 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑2108.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Illinois and Nevada have largest unemployment rate declines, October 2013 to October 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141128.htm (visited July 20, 2019).

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