From September 2014 to September 2015, the unemployment rate decreased in 41 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 7 states, and was unchanged in 2 states. The national jobless rate, at 5.1 percent, was 0.8 percentage point lower than a year earlier.
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate declines from September 2014 to September 2015, the largest of which occurred in Rhode Island (–1.8 percentage points) and Michigan (–1.7 points). The only significant over-the-year rate increase was in West Virginia (+1.0 percentage point). The remaining 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — September 2015” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate down in 41 states from September 2014 to September 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/unemployment-rate-down-in-41-states-from-september-2014-to-september-2015.htm (visited December 10, 2023).