Over the 12 months ending in December 2015, 42 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while 8 states had increases. The national jobless rate was 0.6 percentage point lower in December 2015 than in December 2014.
From December 2014 to December 2015, 24 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate declines, the largest of which occurred in Rhode Island (–1.7 percentage points). New Mexico had the only significant unemployment increase over that 12-month period (0.7 percentage point).
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and may be revised. For more information, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — December 2015” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate decreased in 42 states and DC from December 2014 to December 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/unemployment-rate-decreased-in-42-states-and-dc-from-december-2014-to-december-2015.htm (visited January 28, 2023).