November unemployment rates down over the year in 28 states
December 30, 2014
Twenty-eight states had statistically significant unemployment rate changes over the year, all of which were decreases. The largest of these occurred in Illinois (-2.6 percentage points). The remaining 22 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate among the states in November, 7.3 percent. The District of Columbia had a rate of 7.4 percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.7 percent. In total, 20 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.8 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
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 — November 2014" (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, November unemployment rates down over the year in 28 states on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141230.htm (visited January 26, 2021).
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