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Rhode Island unemployment declines 1.8 percentage points over the year ended in June 2015

July 27, 2015

Over the June 2014–June 2015 period, 24 states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines. The largest declines occurred in Rhode Island (−1.8 percentage points), followed by Michigan (−1.6 percentage points) and Oregon (−1.5 percentage points).

States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from June 2014 to June 2015, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate (percent) Over-the-year change
(percentage points)
June 2014 June 2015

California

7.5 6.3 -1.2

Connecticut

6.5 5.7 -0.8

Delaware

5.9 4.7 -1.2

Georgia

7.3 6.1 -1.2

Idaho

4.9 4.0 -0.9

Illinois

6.9 5.9 -1.0

Indiana

5.9 4.9 -1.0

Iowa

4.4 3.7 -0.7

Kentucky

6.5 5.1 -1.4

Maine

5.7 4.7 -1.0

Maryland

5.8 5.2 -0.6

Massachusetts

5.7 4.6 -1.1

Michigan

7.1 5.5 -1.6

Mississippi

7.6 6.6 -1.0

Montana

4.7 3.9 -0.8

Nebraska

3.3 2.6 -0.7

New Hampshire

4.3 3.8 -0.5

New York

6.3 5.5 -0.8

North Dakota

2.7 3.1 0.4

Oregon

7.0 5.5 -1.5

Rhode Island

7.7 5.9 -1.8

South Dakota

3.4 3.8 0.4

Texas

5.0 4.2 -0.8

Vermont

4.1 3.6 -0.5

Washington

6.1 5.3 -0.8

Wisconsin

5.4 4.6 -0.8

Note: The June 2015 data are preliminary.

The only significant over-the-year unemployment rate increases occurred in North Dakota and South Dakota (+0.4 percentage point each). The remaining 24 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.

The unemployment rate fell over the year in states shown below the diagonal line on the chart, where the June 2014 rate is higher than the June 2015 rate. The unemployment rate rose in the states above the diagonal line. The farther a state’s marker is from the diagonal line, the larger the change in the unemployment rate.

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 — June 2015" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Rhode Island unemployment declines 1.8 percentage points over the year ended in June 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/rhode-island-unemployment-declines-1-point-8-percentage-points-over-the-year.htm (visited October 13, 2019).

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