Unemployment rate down in 41 states from September 2014 to September 2015

October 23, 2015

From September 2014 to September 2015, the unemployment rate decreased in 41 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 7 states, and was unchanged in 2 states. The national jobless rate, at 5.1 percent, was 0.8 percentage point lower than a year earlier.

Unemployment rates for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, seasonally adjusted, September 2014–September 2015


5.9% and higher
 
5.2% to 5.8%
 
4.5% to 5.1%
 
4.0% to 4.4%
 
3.9% and lower
 
Hover over a state to see data.
Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate declines from September 2014 to September 2015, the largest of which occurred in Rhode Island (–1.8 percentage points) and Michigan (–1.7 points). The only significant over-the-year rate increase was in West Virginia (+1.0 percentage point). The remaining 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.

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 — September 2015” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate down in 41 states from September 2014 to September 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/unemployment-rate-down-in-41-states-from-september-2014-to-september-2015.htm (visited July 20, 2019).

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