Among the States, South Dakota posted the lowest annual average unemployment rate for 2003, 3.6 percent. South Dakota also had posted the lowest State unemployment rate in 2002.
Nebraska and North Dakota had the next lowest rates, at 4.0 percent in both cases.
Overall, 32 states had unemployment rates below the national average of 6.0 percent in 2003. All seven states in the West North Central division and all six in New England posted rates below that of the Nation.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, South Dakota had lowest unemployment rate again in 2003 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/mar/wk1/art03.htm (visited February 08, 2023).