West North Central region had lowest unemployment rate, Pacific region the highest, in January 2015

March 20, 2015

Regional and state unemployment rates changed little in January 2015. Among the nine geographic regions, the West North Central had the lowest unemployment rate, 4.2 percent in January. The Pacific had the highest rate, 6.7 percent.

Unemployment rates by geographic division, seasonally adjusted, January 2015


6.5% and higher
 
5.5% to 6.4%
 
4.5% to 5.4%
 
3.5% to 4.4%
 
Hover over a state to see its division unemployment rate.
Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

All nine regions had significant unemployment rate declines from a year earlier. The largest of these decreases occurred in the East North Central (-1.6 percentage points). The next largest over-the-year decreases were in the Middle Atlantic, Mountain, and New England regions (-1.1 percentage points each).

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

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, West North Central region had lowest unemployment rate, Pacific region the highest, in January 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/west-north-central-region-had-lowest-unemployment-rate-pacific-region-the-highest-in-january-2015.htm (visited July 25, 2017).

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