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California’s jobless rate decreased 2.1 percentage points over the year ended October 2022

November 30, 2022

California’s jobless rate decreased 2.1 percentage points over the year ended October 2022. This was the largest decrease for any state over the year. It was followed by New Jersey, where the jobless rate decreased by 2.0 percentage points.

Change in unemployment rates by state, October 2021 to October 2022 
State Change Category of Change

California

-2.1 percentage points Decrease

New Jersey

-2.0 Decrease

New Mexico

-1.8 Decrease

Pennsylvania

-1.6 Decrease

Rhode Island

-1.6 Decrease

District of Columbia

-1.5 Decrease

Massachusetts

-1.5 Decrease

Missouri

-1.4 Decrease

Hawaii

-1.3 Decrease

Louisiana

-1.3 Decrease

New York

-1.3 Decrease

Alaska

-1.2 Decrease

Maryland

-1.2 Decrease

Michigan

-1.2 Decrease

Connecticut

-1.1 Decrease

Iowa

-1.1 Decrease

Florida

-1.0 Decrease

Minnesota

-1.0 Decrease

Texas

-1.0 Decrease

Colorado

-0.9 Decrease

Mississippi

-0.9 Decrease

North Dakota

-0.9 Decrease

Maine

-0.8 Decrease

Nevada

-0.8 Decrease

Vermont

-0.8 Decrease

Washington

-0.8 Decrease

Illinois

-0.7 Decrease

Kentucky

-0.7 Decrease

New Hampshire

-0.7 Decrease

Virginia

-0.7 Decrease

Delaware

-0.6 Decrease

North Carolina

-0.6 Decrease

South Dakota

-0.6 Decrease

Georgia

-0.5 Decrease

Wyoming

-0.5 Decrease

Alabama

-0.4 Decrease

Idaho

-0.3 Decrease

Ohio

-0.3 Decrease

Oregon

-0.3 Little change

South Carolina

-0.3 Decrease

West Virginia

-0.3 Little change

Tennessee

-0.2 Little change

Utah

-0.2 Decrease

Kansas

-0.1 Little change

Arizona

0.0 Little change

Montana

0.0 Little change

Nebraska

0.0 Little change

Wisconsin

0.1 Little change

Arkansas

0.2 Little change

Indiana

0.2 Little change

Oklahoma

0.5 Increase

In total, 39 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 10 states had little change. Oklahoma was the only state that saw its jobless rate increase between October 2021 and October 2022. There, the jobless rate increased 0.5 percentage point. The national unemployment rate, which rose to 3.7 percent over the month, was 0.9 percentage point lower than in October 2021.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — October 2022.” We also have more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment. Estimates for the most recent month are preliminary.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, California’s jobless rate decreased 2.1 percentage points over the year ended October 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/californias-jobless-rate-decreased-2-1-percentage-points-over-the-year-ended-october-2022.htm (visited February 07, 2023).

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