Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States, Seasonally Adjusted
State December 2015
rate
December 2016(p)
rate
Over-the-year
Change Rank

Massachusetts

4.9 2.8 -2.1 1

Mississippi

6.8 5.6 -1.2 2

Nevada

6.3 5.1 -1.2 2

South Carolina

5.5 4.3 -1.2 2

Arizona

5.9 4.8 -1.1 5

Connecticut

5.4 4.4 -1.0 6

Kentucky

5.7 4.8 -0.9 7

Oregon

5.5 4.6 -0.9 7

Arkansas

4.7 3.9 -0.8 9

District of Columbia

6.6 5.8 -0.8 9

Maryland

5.0 4.2 -0.8 9

California

5.9 5.2 -0.7 12

Tennessee

5.6 4.9 -0.7 12

Delaware

4.9 4.3 -0.6 14

Indiana

4.6 4.0 -0.6 14

Washington

5.8 5.2 -0.6 14

Wisconsin

4.6 4.0 -0.6 14

Colorado

3.5 3.0 -0.5 18

New Hampshire

3.1 2.6 -0.5 18

North Carolina

5.6 5.1 -0.5 18

Hawaii

3.3 2.9 -0.4 21

Illinois

6.1 5.7 -0.4 21

Rhode Island

5.4 5.0 -0.4 21

Vermont

3.5 3.1 -0.4 21

Utah

3.4 3.1 -0.3 25

West Virginia

6.2 5.9 -0.3 25

Florida

5.1 4.9 -0.2 27

Idaho

3.9 3.7 -0.2 27

Maine

4.0 3.8 -0.2 27

Alabama

6.3 6.2 -0.1 30

Georgia

5.5 5.4 -0.1 30

Michigan

5.1 5.0 -0.1 30

Montana

4.1 4.0 -0.1 30

New Jersey

4.8 4.7 -0.1 30

New York

5.0 4.9 -0.1 30

South Dakota

2.9 2.8 -0.1 30

Virginia

4.2 4.1 -0.1 30

Missouri

4.4 4.4 0.0 38

New Mexico

6.6 6.6 0.0 38

Texas

4.6 4.6 0.0 38

Alaska

6.6 6.7 0.1 41

Iowa

3.5 3.6 0.1 41

Ohio

4.8 4.9 0.1 41

Kansas

4.0 4.2 0.2 44

Minnesota

3.7 3.9 0.2 44

Louisiana

5.8 6.1 0.3 46

North Dakota

2.7 3.0 0.3 46

Nebraska

3.0 3.4 0.4 48

Wyoming

4.4 4.8 0.4 48

Oklahoma

4.1 5.0 0.9 50

Pennsylvania

4.7 5.6 0.9 50

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: January 24, 2017