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Nevada unemployment rate drops 21.5 percentage points for year ended April 2021

May 27, 2021

For the year ended April 2021, 48 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rate decreases and 2 states had little change. In total, 27 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 6.1 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 12 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

Unemployment rate, 12-month change in the unemployment rate, and number of unemployed in April 2021, by state, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate 12-month change Number of unemployed

Alabama

3.6% -9.6 percentage point(s) 79,332

Alaska

6.7 -5.1 23,629

Arizona

6.7 -7.5 239,495

Arkansas

4.4 -5.6 59,389

California

8.3 -7.7 1,576,120

Colorado

6.4 -5.7 204,565

Connecticut

8.1 -0.5 140,517

Delaware

6.4 -7.0 31,068

District of Columbia

7.5 -3.6 30,551

Florida

4.8 -9.2 487,388

Georgia

4.3 -8.2 221,140

Hawaii

8.5 -13.4 55,356

Idaho

3.1 -8.5 28,156

Illinois

7.1 -9.4 438,057

Indiana

3.9 -13.0 131,101

Iowa

3.8 -7.3 61,648

Kansas

3.5 -9.1 52,717

Kentucky

4.7 -12.2 94,016

Louisiana

7.3 -5.8 150,425

Maine

4.8 -4.3 32,531

Maryland

6.2 -2.8 193,122

Massachusetts

6.5 -9.9 241,669

Michigan

4.9 -18.7 231,484

Minnesota

4.1 -4.9 122,934

Mississippi

6.2 -9.5 79,305

Missouri

4.1 -8.4 126,758

Montana

3.7 -8.2 19,603

Nebraska

2.8 -4.6 28,415

Nevada

8.0 -21.5 124,962

New Hampshire

2.8 -13.2 21,410

New Jersey

7.5 -9.1 332,999

New Mexico

8.2 -1.8 78,028

New York

8.2 -8.0 778,389

North Carolina

5.0 -8.5 250,865

North Dakota

4.2 -4.5 16,838

Ohio

4.7 -11.7 272,516

Oklahoma

4.3 -8.7 79,583

Oregon

6.0 -7.2 129,279

Pennsylvania

7.4 -8.8 466,316

Rhode Island

6.3 -11.1 33,857

South Carolina

5.0 -6.5 118,377

South Dakota

2.8 -6.4 13,062

Tennessee

5.0 -10.8 166,971

Texas

6.7 -6.2 943,503

Utah

2.8 -7.3 45,094

Vermont

2.9 -11.9 8,967

Virginia

4.7 -6.6 197,338

Washington

5.5 -10.8 213,104

West Virginia

5.8 -9.8 45,793

Wisconsin

3.9 -10.9 119,254

Wyoming

5.4 -0.1 15,918

In April 2021, Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate, at 8.5 percent, followed by California, 8.3 percent, and New Mexico and New York, 8.2 percent each. Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Utah had the lowest rates, 2.8 percent each.

The largest unemployment rate decrease from April 2020 to April 2021 occurred in Nevada (−21.5 percentage points). The next largest over-the-year jobless rate decrease was in Michigan (−18.7 percentage points), with another 10 states experiencing declines of 10.0 points or more.

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 — April 2021." Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nevada unemployment rate drops 21.5 percentage points for year ended April 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/nevada-unemployment-rate-drops-21-5-percentage-points-for-year-ended-april-2021.htm (visited December 08, 2021).

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