March 07, 2006
Annual average unemployment rates decreased from 2004 to 2005 in 39 states and the District of Columbia, rose in 9 states, and were unchanged in 2 states.
The largest unemployment rate increases for 2005 were recorded by the two states most affected by Hurricane Katrina: Mississippi (+1.6 percentage points) and Louisiana (+1.4 points). The next largest rate increases were registered in Kentucky (+0.6 percentage point) and Georgia (+0.5 point).
The largest rate declines occurred in Alabama and Oregon (-1.2 percentage points each) and Florida and Idaho (-0.9 point each). Fifteen additional states reported over-the-year rate decreases of at least one-half percentage point. The District of Columbia's jobless rate decreased by 1.0 percentage point.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2004 – 2005 changes in State unemployment rates on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/mar/wk1/art02.htm (visited May 03, 2016).
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