Unemployment rate decreased in 42 states and DC from December 2014 to December 2015

January 29, 2016

Over the 12 months ending in December 2015, 42 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while 8 states had increases. The national jobless rate was 0.6 percentage point lower in December 2015 than in December 2014.

State unemployment rates in December 2015, seasonally adjusted


5.8% and higher
 
5.1% to 5.7%
 
4.7% to 5.0%
 
3.9% to 4.6%
 
3.8% and lower
 
Hover over a state to see data.
Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

From December 2014 to December 2015, 24 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate declines, the largest of which occurred in Rhode Island (–1.7 percentage points). New Mexico had the only significant unemployment increase over that 12-month period (0.7 percentage 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. For more information, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — December 2015” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate decreased in 42 states and DC from December 2014 to December 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/unemployment-rate-decreased-in-42-states-and-dc-from-december-2014-to-december-2015.htm (visited July 21, 2019).

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