Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States, Seasonally Adjusted
State May 2016
rate
May 2017(p)
rate
Over-the-year
Change Rank

West Virginia

6.0 4.5 -1.5 1

Wyoming

5.6 4.1 -1.5 1

Indiana

4.6 3.2 -1.4 3

Oregon

5.0 3.6 -1.4 3

Illinois

5.9 4.6 -1.3 5

Rhode Island

5.4 4.1 -1.3 5

Colorado

3.4 2.3 -1.1 7

Nevada

5.8 4.7 -1.1 7

Washington

5.6 4.5 -1.1 7

Mississippi

5.9 4.9 -1.0 10

New Jersey

5.1 4.1 -1.0 10

South Carolina

5.1 4.1 -1.0 10

Wisconsin

4.1 3.1 -1.0 10

Alabama

5.8 4.9 -0.9 14

California

5.5 4.7 -0.8 15

North Dakota

3.3 2.5 -0.8 15

Arkansas

4.1 3.4 -0.7 17

Iowa

3.8 3.1 -0.7 17

Maine

3.9 3.2 -0.7 17

Missouri

4.6 3.9 -0.7 17

Oklahoma

5.0 4.3 -0.7 17

Florida

4.9 4.3 -0.6 22

Idaho

3.8 3.2 -0.6 22

Michigan

4.8 4.2 -0.6 22

Tennessee

4.6 4.0 -0.6 22

Louisiana

6.2 5.7 -0.5 26

North Carolina

5.0 4.5 -0.5 26

Pennsylvania

5.5 5.0 -0.5 26

Connecticut

5.3 4.9 -0.4 29

Georgia

5.3 4.9 -0.4 29

Hawaii

3.1 2.7 -0.4 29

Kansas

4.1 3.7 -0.4 29

New York

4.8 4.4 -0.4 29

Montana

4.2 3.9 -0.3 34

Nebraska

3.2 2.9 -0.3 34

Utah

3.5 3.2 -0.3 34

Arizona

5.3 5.1 -0.2 37

Minnesota

3.9 3.7 -0.2 37

Vermont

3.3 3.1 -0.2 37

Virginia

4.0 3.8 -0.2 37

District of Columbia

6.1 6.0 -0.1 41

Maryland

4.3 4.2 -0.1 41

New Mexico

6.7 6.6 -0.1 41

Kentucky

5.0 5.0 0.0 44

New Hampshire

2.9 2.9 0.0 44

Ohio

4.9 4.9 0.0 44

Alaska

6.6 6.7 0.1 47

South Dakota

2.8 2.9 0.1 47

Texas

4.7 4.8 0.1 47

Delaware

4.4 4.7 0.3 50

Massachusetts

3.8 4.2 0.4 51

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

Note: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence. Estimates for the current month are subject to revision the following month.

 

Last Modified Date: June 16, 2017