Eighteen states had lower unemployment rates than U.S. rate in October 2016

November 28, 2016

In October 2016, 18 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 4.9 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

States with unemployment rates signifcantly different from that of the United States, October 2016, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate

New Hampshire

2.8

South Dakota

2.8

North Dakota

3.0

Hawaii

3.2

Utah

3.2

Massachusetts

3.3

Nebraska

3.3

Vermont

3.3

Colorado

3.5

Idaho

3.8

Arkansas

4.0

Maine

4.0

Minnesota

4.0

Iowa

4.1

Wisconsin

4.1

Maryland

4.2

Virginia

4.2

Montana

4.3

United States

4.9

California

5.5

Illinois

5.6

Alabama

5.7

Pennsylvania

5.8

Mississippi

5.9

West Virginia

6.0

District of Columbia

6.1

Louisiana

6.3

New Mexico

6.7

Alaska

6.8

Note: State unemployment rates for October 2016 are preliminary and may be revised.

New Hampshire and South Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates in October 2016, 2.8 percent each. Alaska and New Mexico had the highest jobless rates, 6.8 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. State unemployment rates for October 2016 are preliminary and may be revised. For more information, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — October 2016” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Eighteen states had lower unemployment rates than U.S. rate in October 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/eighteen-states-had-lower-unemployment-rates-than-u-s-rate-in-october-2016.htm (visited July 23, 2019).

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