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In January 2016, 16 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 4.9 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
The highest unemployment rates were in Mississippi (6.7 percent), Alaska (6.6 percent), the District of Columbia (6.5 percent), and New Mexico (6.5 percent). The lowest unemployment rates were in North Dakota (2.8 percent), South Dakota (2.8 percent), New Hampshire (2.9 percent), and Nebraska (3.0 percent).
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data are preliminary and may be revised. The data are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — January 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Mississippi has highest unemployment rate, Dakotas the lowest, in January 2016 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/mississippi-has-highest-unemployment-rate-dakotas-the-lowest-in-january-2016.htm (visited May 30, 2023).