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Vermont and Texas at historically low unemployment rates in May 2019

June 28, 2019

Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in May 2019, at 2.1 percent. The rates in Texas (3.5 percent) and Vermont (2.1 percent) set new series lows.

State unemployment rates, May 2019, seasonally adjusted
StateMay 2019 unemployment rateMay 2018 unemployment rate12-month change

Vermont

2.1%2.7%-0.6 percentage point(s)

North Dakota

2.32.6-0.3

Iowa

2.42.6-0.2

New Hampshire

2.42.6-0.2

Hawaii

2.82.30.5

Idaho

2.82.9-0.1

Wisconsin

2.83.1-0.3

South Dakota

2.93.1-0.2

Utah

2.93.1-0.2

Massachusetts

3.03.5-0.5

Nebraska

3.02.80.2

Virginia

3.03.00.0

Colorado

3.23.10.1

Delaware

3.23.8-0.6

Oklahoma

3.23.5-0.3

Maine

3.33.30.0

Minnesota

3.32.90.4

Missouri

3.33.20.1

Tennessee

3.33.6-0.3

Florida

3.43.7-0.3

Kansas

3.53.30.2

South Carolina

3.53.40.1

Texas

3.53.9-0.4

Wyoming

3.54.0-0.5

Arkansas

3.63.7-0.1

Indiana

3.63.50.1

Montana

3.63.7-0.1

Rhode Island

3.64.0-0.4

Alabama

3.74.1-0.4

Connecticut

3.84.2-0.4

Georgia

3.84.0-0.2

Maryland

3.84.0-0.2

New Jersey

3.84.2-0.4

Pennsylvania

3.84.3-0.5

Kentucky

4.04.4-0.4

Nevada

4.04.6-0.6

New York

4.04.2-0.2

North Carolina

4.14.00.1

Ohio

4.14.6-0.5

California

4.24.20.0

Michigan

4.24.20.0

Oregon

4.24.00.2

Illinois

4.44.30.1

Louisiana

4.45.0-0.6

Washington

4.74.50.2

West Virginia

4.85.3-0.5

Arizona

4.94.70.2

Mississippi

5.04.80.2

New Mexico

5.04.80.2

District of Columbia

5.75.70.0

Alaska

6.46.6-0.2

Alaska had the highest jobless rate, at 6.4 percent. In total, 12 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.6 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 29 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

Five states had unemployment rate decreases from May 2018. The largest declines were in Delaware and Vermont (−0.6 percentage point each), closely followed by Wyoming (−0.5 point). The only unemployment rate increase over the year occurred in Hawaii (+0.5 percentage point).

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 — May 2019." We also have more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Vermont and Texas at historically low unemployment rates in May 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/vermont-and-texas-at-historically-low-unemployment-rates-in-may-2019.htm (visited August 07, 2020).

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