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Unemployment Lower in 12 States

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 12 states and the District of Columbia and…

  • June 19, 2021

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 12 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 38 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Forty-eight states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and two states had little change. The national unemployment rate, 6.1 percent, was little changed over the month, but was 8.7 percentage points lower than in April 2020.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 9 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 2 states, and was essentially unchanged in 39 states in April 2021.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased in all states and the District.

Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate in April, 8.5 percent, followed by California, 8.3 percent, and New Mexico and New York, 8.2 percent each.

Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Utah had the lowest rates, 2.8 percent each. In total, 27 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 6.1 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 12 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

In April, Rhode Island had the largest over-the-month unemployment rate decrease (-0.7 percentage point), followed by Hawaii (-0.6 point) and Virginia (-0.4 point).

Thirty-eight states 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.

The largest unemployment rate decrease from April 2020 occurred in Nevada (-21.5 percentage points). The next largest over-the-year jobless rate decrease was in Michigan (-18.7 percentage points), with another 10 states experiencing declines of 10.0 points or more.