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Unemployment Continues Down, Nationwide

Unemployment rates were lower in June in 9 states, higher in 3 states, and stable…

  • July 28, 2018

Unemployment rates were lower in June in 9 states, higher in 3 states, and stable in 38 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Ten states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 40 states and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage point from May to 4.0 percent but was 0.3 point lower than in June 2017.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 5 states in June 2018, decreased in 1 state, and was essentially unchanged in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Over the year, 32 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 18 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Hawaii, Oregon Lead the Nation

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 2.1 percent. The rate in Oregon (4.0 percent) set a new series low. (All state series begin in 1976.)

Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 7.1 percent. In total, 16 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 4.0 percent, 6 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 28 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

In June, nine states had unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which were in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina (-0.2 percentage point each).

Three states had over-the-month rate increases: Ohio (+0.2 percentage point) and Louisiana and Maine (+0.1 point each).

The remaining 38 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that were not notably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.

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