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Eleven states had unemployment rate decreases from January 2019 to January 2020

March 20, 2020

Eleven states had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from January 2019 to January 2020, one state had an increase, and 38 states and the District of Columbia had little or no change.

Unemployment rate, 12-month change in the unemployment rate, and number of unemployed in January 2020, by state, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate 12-month change Number of unemployed

Alabama

2.7% -0.9 percentage point(s) 61,114

Alaska

6.0 -0.1 20,930

Arizona

4.5 -0.4 162,105

Arkansas

3.5 -0.1 48,066

California

3.9 -0.4 753,300

Colorado

2.5 -0.7 79,422

Connecticut

3.7 -0.1 72,273

Delaware

4.0 0.5 19,389

District of Columbia

5.2 -0.6 21,579

Florida

2.8 -0.6 291,356

Georgia

3.1 -0.7 159,596

Hawaii

2.7 -0.1 17,756

Idaho

2.8 -0.1 24,751

Illinois

3.5 -0.9 227,699

Indiana

3.1 -0.5 106,773

Iowa

2.8 0.1 49,548

Kansas

3.1 -0.2 46,749

Kentucky

4.3 0.1 90,145

Louisiana

5.3 0.6 111,320

Maine

3.1 -0.1 21,207

Maryland

3.3 -0.5 109,158

Massachusetts

2.8 -0.3 106,228

Michigan

3.8 -0.4 187,254

Minnesota

3.2 0.0 100,099

Mississippi

5.5 0.4 69,735

Missouri

3.5 0.3 109,659

Montana

3.5 0.0 18,678

Nebraska

2.9 -0.1 30,242

Nevada

3.6 -0.6 56,262

New Hampshire

2.6 0.1 19,940

New Jersey

3.8 0.1 172,337

New Mexico

4.8 -0.2 45,657

New York

3.8 -0.2 364,850

North Carolina

3.6 -0.4 184,881

North Dakota

2.3 0.0 9,328

Ohio

4.1 -0.2 238,469

Oklahoma

3.3 0.0 60,596

Oregon

3.3 -0.9 69,753

Pennsylvania

4.7 0.6 306,614

Rhode Island

3.4 -0.3 18,919

South Carolina

2.4 -1.0 56,590

South Dakota

3.4 0.3 15,788

Tennessee

3.3 -0.1 112,032

Texas

3.5 -0.2 494,400

Utah

2.5 -0.4 40,040

Vermont

2.4 0.0 8,304

Virginia

2.7 -0.3 118,336

Washington

3.9 -0.6 155,535

West Virginia

5.0 0.1 40,489

Wisconsin

3.5 0.4 109,621

Wyoming

3.7 0.2 10,738

North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in January 2020, 2.3 percent, while Alaska had the highest rate, 6.0 percent. The rates in Alaska (6.0 percent), Illinois (3.5 percent), Nevada (3.6 percent), New York (3.8 percent), Oregon (3.3 percent), and Washington (3.9 percent) were the lowest since comparable data have been available back to 1976.

The largest unemployment rate decrease from January 2019 to January 2020 was in South Carolina (−1.0 percentage point), closely followed by Alabama, Illinois, and Oregon (−0.9 point each). The only unemployment rate increase occurred in Pennsylvania (+0.6 percentage point).

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — January 2020." Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Eleven states had unemployment rate decreases from January 2019 to January 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/eleven-states-had-unemployment-rate-decreases-from-january-2019-to-january-2020.htm (visited April 06, 2020).

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