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Mississippi has highest unemployment rate, Dakotas the lowest, in January 2016

March 16, 2016

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.

State unemployment rates in January 2016, seasonally adjusted

5.8 and higher
5.0 to 5.7
4.6 to 4.9
3.8 to 4.5
3.7 and lower
National unemployment rate 4.9 percent
Hover over a state to see data.
Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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 (visited June 18, 2024).

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