24 states and D.C. had significant unemployment rate declines from Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2015
December 24, 2015
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.
Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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 on the Internet 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 October 24, 2020).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- Gulf War Era Veterans in the Labor Force
Examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of civilians who served in the U.S. military during Gulf War era.
- Using BLS Data to Match People with Disabilities with Jobs Presents data that can help increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities in the nation’s labor market.
- How Women and Aging Affect Trends in Labor Force Growth Examines how women’s labor force participation and the aging of the U.S. population affect trends in labor force growth.
- Meal Appeal: Patterns of Expenditures on Food away from Home
Examines spending on food away from home, such as meals or snacks from restaurants, vending machines, employer cafeterias, or other venues.