April 24, 2015
Twenty-seven states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines from March 2014 to March 2015; the largest was in Kentucky (-2.1 percentage points). The only significant increases occurred in Louisiana (1.1 percentage points) and North Dakota (0.4 percentage point). The remaining 21 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were little different from those of a year earlier.
Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in March, 2.6 percent. Nevada had the highest rate among the states, 7.1 percent. The District of Columbia had a rate of 7.7 percent. In total, 20 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.5 percent. Eleven states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 19 states had rates that were little different from that of the nation.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — March 2015" (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates down over the year in 27 states; Kentucky has largest decline at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/unemployment-rates-down-over-the-year-in-27-states-kentucky-has-largest-decline.htm (visited November 30, 2022).