Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States, 2014-2015 Annual Averages
State 2014
rate
2015
rate
Over-the-year
Change Rank

United States

6.2 5.3 -0.9

Michigan

7.2 5.4 -1.8 1

Rhode Island

7.7 6.0 -1.7 2

California

7.5 6.2 -1.3 3

Indiana

6.0 4.8 -1.2 4

Kentucky

6.5 5.3 -1.2 4

Maine

5.6 4.4 -1.2 4

Oregon

6.8 5.6 -1.2 4

Colorado

5.0 3.9 -1.1 8

Georgia

7.1 6.0 -1.1 8

Illinois

7.1 6.0 -1.1 8

Mississippi

7.5 6.4 -1.1 8

Missouri

6.1 5.0 -1.1 8

Nevada

7.9 6.8 -1.1 8

Arkansas

6.0 5.0 -1.0 14

New Jersey

6.8 5.8 -1.0 14

New York

6.3 5.3 -1.0 14

Tennessee

6.6 5.6 -1.0 14

Connecticut

6.6 5.7 -0.9 18

District of Columbia

7.8 6.9 -0.9 18

Massachusetts

5.7 4.8 -0.9 18

New Hampshire

4.3 3.4 -0.9 18

Ohio

5.8 4.9 -0.9 18

Wisconsin

5.4 4.5 -0.9 18

Delaware

5.7 4.9 -0.8 24

Florida

6.3 5.5 -0.8 24

Hawaii

4.4 3.6 -0.8 24

Alabama

6.8 6.1 -0.7 27

Arizona

6.8 6.1 -0.7 27

Idaho

4.9 4.2 -0.7 27

Maryland

5.8 5.1 -0.7 27

Texas

5.1 4.4 -0.7 27

Virginia

5.2 4.5 -0.7 27

North Carolina

6.3 5.7 -0.6 33

Pennsylvania

5.9 5.3 -0.6 33

Minnesota

4.2 3.7 -0.5 35

Montana

4.7 4.2 -0.5 35

South Carolina

6.5 6.0 -0.5 35

Alaska

6.9 6.5 -0.4 38

Iowa

4.2 3.8 -0.4 38

Vermont

4.0 3.6 -0.4 38

Washington

6.1 5.7 -0.4 38

Kansas

4.5 4.2 -0.3 42

Nebraska

3.3 3.0 -0.3 42

South Dakota

3.4 3.1 -0.3 42

New Mexico

6.7 6.5 -0.2 45

Utah

3.8 3.6 -0.2 45

Louisiana

6.4 6.3 -0.1 47

Oklahoma

4.5 4.4 -0.1 47

North Dakota

2.7 2.8 0.1 49

West Virginia

6.6 6.7 0.1 49

Wyoming

4.1 4.3 0.2 51

Note: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence.

 

Last Modified Date: February 27, 2018