May Unemployment Rates Down in 25 States

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Doug Carroll, USA TODAY

Unemployment rates fell in 25 states in May, the government reported Friday.

Seventeen states had increases while jobless rates were unchanged in eight states plus the District of Columbia.

The U.S. jobless rate was 7.6% in May, up from 7.5% in April. Twenty-one states had rates significantly lower than the U.S. average last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Eight states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in May, 9.5%. North Dakota again had the lowest rate at 3.2%.

States with the largest increases in employment in May were Ohio, up 32,000; Texas, 19,500; and Michigan, 18,100.

The ones with the largest decreases in employment were Pennsylvania, down 9,200; South Carolina, 7,700; and Florida, 6,200.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

The latest rates and how they compare with the previous month and the same month a year ago. Select column header to sort:

STATE MAY 2013 CHANGE FROM
APRIL 2013*
CHANGE FROM
MAY 2012*
U.S. 7.6% 0.1 -0.6
Alabama 6.8% -0.1 -0.7
Alaska 5.9% 0.0 -1.2
Arizona 7.8% -0.1 -0.6
Arkansas 7.3% 0.1 0.0
California 8.6% -0.4 -2.1
Colorado 6.9% 0.0 -1.3
Connecticut 8.0% 0.0 -0.4
Delaware 7.2% 0.1 0.1
District of Columbia 8.5% 0.0 -0.6
Florida 7.1% -0.1 -1.7
Georgia 8.3% 0.1 -0.8
Hawaii 4.7% -0.2 -1.4
Idaho 6.2% 0.1 -1.1
Illinois 9.1% -0.2 0.2
Indiana 8.3% -0.2 0.0
Iowa 4.6% -0.1 -0.7
Kansas 5.7% 0.1 -0.1
Kentucky 8.1% 0.2 -0.2
Louisiana 6.8% 0.4 0.0
Maine 6.8% -0.1 -0.5
Maryland 6.7% 0.2 -0.1
Massachusetts 6.6% 0.2 -0.1
Michigan 8.4% 0.0 -0.8
Minnesota 5.3% 0.0 -0.4
Mississippi 9.1% -0.1 0.0
Missouri 6.8% 0.1 -0.2
Montana 5.4% -0.1 -0.7
Nebraska 3.8% 0.1 -0.2
Nevada 9.5% -0.1 -2.0
New Hampshire 5.3% -0.2 -0.2
New Jersey 8.6% -0.1 -0.9
New Mexico 6.7% 0.0 -0.3
New York 7.6% -0.2 -1.0
North Carolina 8.8% -0.1 -0.7
North Dakota 3.2% -0.1 0.2
Ohio 7.0% 0.0 -0.3
Oklahoma 5.0% 0.1 -0.1
Oregon 7.8% -0.1 -1.0
Pennsylvania 7.5% -0.1 -0.4
Rhode Island 8.9% 0.1 -1.7
South Carolina 8.0% 0.0 -1.3
South Dakota 4.0% -0.1 -0.4
Tennessee 8.3% 0.3 0.2
Texas 6.5% 0.1 -0.5
Utah 4.6% -0.1 -1.2
Vermont 4.1% 0.1 -0.9
Virginia 5.3% 0.1 -0.6
Washington 6.8% -0.2 -1.6
West Virginia 6.2% -0.4 -1.1
Wisconsin 7.0% -0.1 0.0
Wyoming 4.6% -0.2 -0.9

By Barbara Hansen, USA TODAY; SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTE: Data are seasonally adjusted, and May 2013 data are preliminary; * Change in percentage points.


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