Sixteen states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases over the past year
June 23, 2016
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from May 2015 to May 2016. The largest declines occurred in Tennessee (–1.7 percentage points) and Arkansas (–1.6 points). The only significant over-the-year unemployment rate increases occurred in Wyoming (+1.4 percentage points) and North Dakota (+0.4 percentage point).
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
South Dakota (2.5 percent) and New Hampshire (2.7 percent) had the lowest jobless rates in May 2016, while Alaska (6.7 percent) had the highest rate. In total, 16 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 4.7 percent, 15 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 19 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — May 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Sixteen states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases over the past year on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/sixteen-states-had-statistically-significant-unemployment-rate-decreases-over-the-past-year.htm (visited January 26, 2021).
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