State unemployment rates, March 2012
April 23, 2012
In March, 49 states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while New York experienced an increase. The national jobless rate was little changed from February at 8.2 percent but was 0.7 percentage point lower than in March 2011.
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In March 2012, Alabama and Michigan registered the largest jobless rate decreases from March 2011 (-2.0 percentage points each). Sixteen additional states reported smaller but also statistically significant declines over the year. The remaining 32 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics programs. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — March 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0717.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State unemployment rates, March 2012 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120423.htm (visited May 22, 2017).
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