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Arkansas and Tennessee unemployment rates decline 1.3 percentage points from July 2015 to July 2016

August 24, 2016

From July 2015 to July 2016, 10 states and the District of Columbia experienced statistically significant unemployment rate decreases. The largest of these occurred in Arkansas (−1.3 percentage points, as the unemployment rate dropped from 5.2 percent to 3.9 percent) and Tennessee (also −1.3 percentage points, as the unemployment rate fell from 5.6 percent to 4.3 percent).

States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from July 2015 to July 2016, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate Number of unemployed
July 2015 July 2016(p) Change(p) July 2015 July 2016(p) Change(p)

Arkansas

5.2 3.9 -1.3 68,990 52,709 -16,281

California

6.1 5.5 -0.6 1,161,495 1,047,746 -113,749

District of Columbia

6.8 5.9 -0.9 26,367 23,376 -2,991

Georgia

5.7 5.0 -0.7 270,457 242,893 -27,564

Iowa

3.6 4.1 0.5 61,628 70,628 9,000

Maryland

5.1 4.3 -0.8 160,397 135,172 -25,225

New York

5.1 4.7 -0.4 495,362 452,491 -42,871

North Carolina

5.7 4.7 -1.0 273,088 225,934 -47,154

North Dakota

2.7 3.1 0.4 11,337 13,161 1,824

Tennessee

5.6 4.3 -1.3 172,144 133,492 -38,652

Vermont

3.7 3.2 -0.5 12,700 11,226 -1,474

Virginia

4.3 3.7 -0.6 181,381 157,011 -24,370

West Virginia

6.9 5.7 -1.2 54,405 45,012 -9,393

Wyoming

4.3 5.7 1.4 13,068 16,925 3,857
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

In Arkansas, the number of unemployed declined from 68,990 to 52,709 over the July 2015 to July 2016 period, a decrease of 16,281. In Tennessee, there was a decrease of 38,652, as the number of unemployed declined from 172,114 to 133,492.

In California over this time period, the number of unemployed fell by 113,749 people, the largest decrease nationwide.

Three states saw significant over-the-year unemployment rate increases: North Dakota (+0.4 percentage points), Iowa (+0.5 percentage points), and Wyoming (+1.4 percentage points).

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — July 2016" (HTML) (PDF).  

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Arkansas and Tennessee unemployment rates decline 1.3 percentage points from July 2015 to July 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/arkansas-and-tennessee-unemployment-rates-decline-1-point-3-percentage-points-from-july-2015-to-july-2016.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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