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Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate declines from November 2014 to November 2015. The largest decline occurred in Rhode Island (−1.7 percentage points). The only significant over-the-year rate increase was in New Mexico (0.7 percentage point). The remaining 25 states had rates that were not appreciably different from a year earlier.
North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate in November, 2.7 percent, followed by Nebraska, 2.9 percent. New Mexico had the highest rate, 6.8 percent. In total, 19 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.0 percent, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates. Twenty states had rates that were not appreciably different from the national rate.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for November 2015 are preliminary and may be revised. The data are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — November 2015” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 24 states and D.C. had significant unemployment rate declines from Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/24-states-and-dc-had-significant-unemployment-rate-declines-from-nov-2014-to-nov-2015.htm (visited March 25, 2023).