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:
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.