Nineteen states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from April 2015 to April 2016. The largest of the declines were in Arkansas and Tennessee, where the rate declined by 1.6 percentage points in both states over the past year. The only significant over-the year increases occurred in Wyoming (1.4 percentage points) and North Dakota (0.5 point).
South Dakota (2.5 percent) and New Hampshire (2.6 percent) had the lowest jobless rates in April 2016. Alaska (6.6 percent) and Illinois (6.6 percent) had the highest rates. In total, 19 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.0 percent, 10 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 21 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
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. To learn more, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment— April 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate down significantly in 19 states over the year ending April 2016 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/unemployment-rate-down-significantly-in-19-states-over-the-year-ending-april-2016.htm (visited December 06, 2023).