State unemployment rates for February down in 7 states, unchanged in 43

April 04, 2018

In February 2018, unemployment rates declined over the month in 7 states and were unchanged in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year ending in February, unemployment rates declined in 15 states and were unchanged in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

Unemployment rates by state, seasonally adjusted, February 2018
State February 2018(p) January 2018 February 2017 Over-the-month change(p) Over-the-year change(p)

Alabama

3.7% 3.7% 5.3% 0.0 -1.6

Alaska

7.3 7.3 7.0 0.0 0.3

Arizona

4.9 4.8 5.1 0.1 -0.2

Arkansas

3.8 3.7 3.6 0.1 0.2

California

4.3 4.4 5.1 -0.1 -0.8

Colorado

3.0 3.0 2.7 0.0 0.3

Connecticut

4.6 4.5 4.9 0.1 -0.3

Delaware

4.4 4.5 4.6 -0.1 -0.2

District of Columbia

5.7 5.8 6.1 -0.1 -0.4

Florida

3.9 3.9 4.5 0.0 -0.6

Georgia

4.5 4.5 5.2 0.0 -0.7

Hawaii

2.1 2.1 2.7 0.0 -0.6

Idaho

3.0 3.0 3.4 0.0 -0.4

Illinois

4.7 4.8 5.1 -0.1 -0.4

Indiana

3.2 3.3 3.7 -0.1 -0.5

Iowa

2.9 2.9 3.4 0.0 -0.5

Kansas

3.4 3.5 3.8 -0.1 -0.4

Kentucky

4.1 4.3 5.1 -0.2 -1.0

Louisiana

4.5 4.6 5.7 -0.1 -1.2

Maine

2.9 3.0 3.3 -0.1 -0.4

Maryland

4.2 4.1 4.3 0.1 -0.1

Massachusetts

3.5 3.5 3.9 0.0 -0.4

Michigan

4.8 4.7 4.8 0.1 0.0

Minnesota

3.2 3.3 3.7 -0.1 -0.5

Mississippi

4.5 4.6 5.4 -0.1 -0.9

Missouri

3.7 3.7 4.0 0.0 -0.3

Montana

4.1 4.1 4.0 0.0 0.1

Nebraska

2.8 2.9 3.0 -0.1 -0.2

Nevada

4.9 4.9 5.2 0.0 -0.3

New Hampshire

2.6 2.6 2.8 0.0 -0.2

New Jersey

4.6 4.7 4.6 -0.1 0.0

New Mexico

5.8 5.9 6.4 -0.1 -0.6

New York

4.6 4.7 4.7 -0.1 -0.1

North Carolina

4.5 4.5 4.8 0.0 -0.3

North Dakota

2.6 2.6 2.7 0.0 -0.1

Ohio

4.5 4.7 5.1 -0.2 -0.6

Oklahoma

4.1 4.1 4.6 0.0 -0.5

Oregon

4.1 4.1 4.1 0.0 0.0

Pennsylvania

4.8 4.8 5.1 0.0 -0.3

Rhode Island

4.5 4.5 4.5 0.0 0.0

South Carolina

4.4 4.3 4.4 0.1 0.0

South Dakota

3.4 3.4 3.2 0.0 0.2

Tennessee

3.4 3.3 4.4 0.1 -1.0

Texas

4.0 4.0 4.7 0.0 -0.7

Utah

3.1 3.1 3.3 0.0 -0.2

Vermont

2.8 2.9 3.1 -0.1 -0.3

Virginia

3.5 3.6 4.0 -0.1 -0.5

Washington

4.7 4.7 4.8 0.0 -0.1

West Virginia

5.4 5.4 5.1 0.0 0.3

Wisconsin

2.9 3.1 3.4 -0.2 -0.5

Wyoming

4.0 4.1 4.5 -0.1 -0.5

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in February (2.1 percent), while the rates for California (4.3 percent), Maine (2.9 percent), Mississippi (4.5 percent), and Wisconsin (2.9 percent) set new lows for these data series. At 7.3 percent, Alaska had the highest jobless rate among the states in February.

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 “State Employment and Unemployment — February 2018” (HTML) (PDF). For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the state chart package.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State unemployment rates for February down in 7 states, unchanged in 43 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/state-unemployment-rates-for-february-down-in-7-states-unchanged-in-43.htm (visited May 26, 2018).

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