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In 2004, Hawaii had the lowest jobless rate among all States at 3.3 percent.
West North Central States posted the next lowest rates. North Dakota’s jobless rate was 3.4 percent and South Dakota’s was 3.5 percent. Five additional States reported annual average unemployment rates below 4.0 percent.
Overall, 30 States had unemployment rates below the national average of 5.5 percent in 2004.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see State and Regional Unemployment, 2004 Annual Averages (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-385.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State with lowest unemployment rate in 2004: Hawaii at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/mar/wk1/art05.htm (visited June 10, 2023).