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Iowa, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Vermont Have the Lowest Unemployment

Unemployment rates were lower in February in 4 states and stable in 46 states and…

  • April 12, 2019

Unemployment rates were lower in February in 4 states and stable in 46 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports.

Seven states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 2 states had increases, and 41 states and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent over the month and was 0.3 percentage point lower than in February 2018.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 2 states in February 2019 and was essentially unchanged in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Over the year, 22 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 28 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Iowa, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Vermont had the lowest unemployment rates in February, 2.4 percent each. The rates in Alabama (3.7 percent), North Dakota (2.4 percent), Tennessee (3.2 percent), and Vermont (2.4 percent) set new series lows.

All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 6.5 percent. In total, 16 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.8 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 25 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

In February, four states had unemployment rate decreases: Kentucky, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming (-0.1 percentage point each). The remaining 46 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 as large numerically as the significant changes.