Unemployment Rate Remains Stable, State by State

Unemployment rates were lower in November in 8 states, higher in 2 states, and stable in 40 states and the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Twenty-three states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 2 states had increases, and 25 states and the District had little or no change.

The national unemployment rate was unchanged from October at 4.1 percent but was 0.5 percentage point lower than in November 2016.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 6 states in November 2017, decreased in 2 states, and was essentially unchanged in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

Over the year, 27 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 23 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in November, 2.0 percent. The rates in Alabama (3.5 percent), California (4.6 percent), Hawaii (2.0 percent), Mississippi (4.8 percent), and Texas (3.8 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 7.2 percent.

In total, 17 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 4.1 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 24 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

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