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Unemployment rate declined in 36 states for the year ending March 2016

April 22, 2016

Over the 12 months ending in March 2016, the unemployment rate decreased in 36 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 12 states, and was unchanged in 2 states. Over the same period, the national jobless rate declined from 5.5 percent in March 2015 to 5.0 percent in March 2016.

State unemployment rates for March 2016, March 2015, and over-the-year change, seasonally adjusted

5.7% and higher
5.0% to 5.6%
4.4% to 4.9%
3.8% to 4.3%
3.7% and lower
U.S. unemployment rate, March 2016: 5.0%
Hover over a state to see data.
Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


New Jersey had the largest unemployment rate decline for the year ending March 2016 (–1.8 percentage points). In addition to New Jersey, 17 other states had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases that were statistically significant. The only states with statistically significant unemployment rate increases were Wyoming (+1.3 percentage points) and North Dakota (+0.4 point).

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and may be revised. To learn more, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — March 2016” (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate declined in 36 states for the year ending March 2016 at (visited May 26, 2024).

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