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Unemployment rates lower in five states from August 2018 to August 2019

September 25, 2019

Five states had statistically significant jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 2 states had significant increases, and 43 states and the District of Columbia had little or no change. The national unemployment rate, 3.7 percent, was little changed from August 2018.

 Over-the-year change in unemployment rates by state, August 2019, seasonally adjusted

State

12-month change

August 2019 unemployment rate

August 2018 unemployment rate

Alabama

-0.8 percentage point(s) 3.1% 3.9%

Alaska

-0.3 6.2 6.5

Arizona

0.2 5.0 4.8

Arkansas

-0.2 3.4 3.6

California

0.0 4.1 4.1

Colorado

-0.6 2.8 3.4

Connecticut

-0.4 3.6 4.0

Delaware

-0.3 3.4 3.7

District of Columbia

0.1 5.5 5.4

Florida

-0.1 3.3 3.4

Georgia

-0.2 3.6 3.8

Hawaii

0.2 2.7 2.5

Idaho

0.1 2.9 2.8

Illinois

-0.2 4.0 4.2

Indiana

-0.2 3.3 3.5

Iowa

0.1 2.5 2.4

Kansas

-0.1 3.2 3.3

Kentucky

0.0 4.4 4.4

Louisiana

-0.6 4.3 4.9

Maine

-0.6 2.9 3.5

Maryland

0.0 3.8 3.8

Massachusetts

-0.4 2.9 3.3

Michigan

0.3 4.2 3.9

Minnesota

0.5 3.3 2.8

Mississippi

0.5 5.2 4.7

Missouri

0.2 3.2 3.0

Montana

-0.4 3.3 3.7

Nebraska

0.4 3.1 2.7

Nevada

-0.4 4.1 4.5

New Hampshire

0.0 2.5 2.5

New Jersey

-0.8 3.2 4.0

New Mexico

0.1 4.9 4.8

New York

0.1 4.0 3.9

North Carolina

0.5 4.2 3.7

North Dakota

-0.2 2.4 2.6

Ohio

-0.5 4.1 4.6

Oklahoma

0.1 3.2 3.1

Oregon

-0.1 4.0 4.1

Pennsylvania

-0.3 3.9 4.2

Rhode Island

-0.3 3.6 3.9

South Carolina

0.0 3.2 3.2

South Dakota

-0.1 2.9 3.0

Tennessee

0.0 3.5 3.5

Texas

-0.3 3.4 3.7

Utah

-0.3 2.8 3.1

Vermont

-0.5 2.1 2.6

Virginia

0.0 2.8 2.8

Washington

0.2 4.6 4.4

West Virginia

-0.5 4.6 5.1

Wisconsin

0.1 3.1 3.0

Wyoming

-0.5 3.7 4.2

Puerto Rico

-0.8 7.7 8.5

The largest unemployment rate declines from August 2018 were in Alabama and New Jersey (−0.8 percentage point each). Two states had statistically significant over-the-year rate increases: Minnesota (+0.5 percentage point) and Nebraska (+0.4 point).

Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in August 2019, at 2.1 percent. The rates in Alabama (3.1 percent), Alaska (6.2 percent), Illinois (4.0 percent), Maine (2.9 percent), and New Jersey (3.2 percent) set new series lows (All state series begin in 1976). Alaska had the highest jobless rate of 6.2 percent.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “State Employment and Unemployment — August 2019.” 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, Unemployment rates lower in five states from August 2018 to August 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/unemployment-rates-lower-in-five-states-from-august-2018-to-august-2019.htm (visited November 21, 2019).

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