April 24, 2013
Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in March. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases, 7 states had increases, and 17 states had no change.
Nevada had the highest unemployment rate among the states in March, 9.7 percent. The next highest rates were in Illinois (9.5 percent) and California and Mississippi (9.4 percent each). North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 3.3 percent.
In total, 21 states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 7.6 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 18 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
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 — March 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0672.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment by state, March 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130424.htm (visited December 23, 2014).