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State unemployment rates, October 2012

November 26, 2012

In October, 37 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, seven states posted increases, and six states had no change. The national unemployment rate, 7.9 percent, was essentially unchanged from September but was 1.0 percentage point lower than in October 2011.

States with the largest statistically significant unemployment rate changes, September 2012 to October 2012, seasonally adjusted

States with the largest statistically significant unemployment rate changes, September 2012 to October 2012, seasonally adjusted
StateUnemployment rate
September 2012October 2012 (p)Over-the-month change

South Carolina

9.18.60.5

Alaska

7.57.10.4

Wisconsin

7.36.90.4

Georgia

9.08.70.3

Nevada

11.811.50.3

North Carolina

9.69.30.3

Washington

8.58.20.3

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary.
 

Fourteen states reported statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate decreases in October. The largest of these occurred in South Carolina (-0.5 percentage point), followed by Alaska and Wisconsin (-0.4 point each).

The remaining 36 states and the District of Columbia recorded jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — October 2012” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2293.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, State unemployment rates, October 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121126.htm (visited August 01, 2014).

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