August 24, 2011
Nevada continued to register the highest unemployment rate among the states, 12.9 percent in July. California recorded the next highest rate, 12.0 percent.
North Dakota reported the lowest jobless rate, 3.3 percent, followed by Nebraska, 4.1 percent.
In total, 25 states posted jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 9.1 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 17 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
From July 2010 to July 2011, Nevada recorded the largest jobless rate decrease (–2.0 percentage points). Ten additional states had smaller but also statistically significant decreases over the year: New Mexico (-1.8 percentage points), Indiana (–1.6 points), Michigan and Oklahoma (–1.5 points each), Oregon (–1.2 points), Wyoming (-1.1 points), Ohio (–1.0 point), Florida (–0.8 point), Virginia (–0.7 point), and North Dakota (–0.6 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 "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – July 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1231.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State unemployment rates, July 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110824.htm (visited October 25, 2014).
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.
BLS Statistics by Occupation provides an overview of occupational employment and wages with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.