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All 9 geographic divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, April 2015

June 01, 2015

From April 2014 to April 2015, all 9 geographic divisions had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases. The largest and smallest decreases occurred in the Midwest region: 1.4 percentage points in the East North Central division and 0.5 percentage point in the West North Central division.

Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for geographic divisions, seasonally adjusted, April 2014–April 2015

Decrease of 0.7 percentage point or less
Decrease of 0.8 to 0.9 percentage point
Decrease of 1.0 to 1.1 percentage point(s)
Decrease of 1.2 to 1.3 percentage points
Decrease of 1.4 percentage points or more
Hover over a division to see data.
Hover over legend items to see divisions in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate declined significantly from April 2014 to April 2015 in all 4 U.S. regions: the West (1.2 percentage points), Midwest (1.1 points), Northeast (0.8 point), and South (0.8 point).

The West North Central division had the lowest unemployment rate in April 2015 (4.3 percent). The Pacific had the highest (6.1 percent). The Midwest region, composed of the East and West North Central divisions, had the lowest unemployment rate (5.0 percent) among regions. The West region, composed of the Mountain and Pacific divisions, had the highest (5.8 percent).

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — April 2015" (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, All 9 geographic divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, April 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/all-9-geographic-divisions-had-over-the-year-unemployment-rate-decreases-april-2015.htm (visited November 22, 2019).


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