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South Carolina has largest decrease in unemployment rate from February 2013 to February 2014

April 01, 2014

From February 2013 to February 2014, 25 states reported statistically significant unemployment rate changes and all were declines. South Carolina had the largest statistically significant jobless rate decline (−2.4 percentage points), followed by North Carolina (−2.2 points), and Louisiana (−1.9 points).

States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes, seasonally adjusted, February 2013-February 2014

States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes, seasonally adjusted, February 2013–February 2014
StateFebruary 2013 unemployment rate
(in percent)
February 2014 unemployment rate
(in percent)(p)
Net change
(in percentage point(s))(p)
Statistical significance

Alabama

6.66.4-0.2Not statistically significant

Alaska

6.56.50.0Not statistically significant

Arizona

8.07.3-0.7Not statistically significant

Arkansas

7.57.1-0.4Not statistically significant

California

9.48.0-1.4Statistically significant

Colorado

7.16.1-1.0Statistically significant

Connecticut

7.97.0-0.9Not statistically significant

Delaware

6.96.0-0.9Statistically significant

District of Columbia

8.67.4-1.2Statistically significant

Florida

7.96.2-1.7Statistically significant

Georgia

8.57.1-1.4Statistically significant

Hawaii

4.94.6-0.3Not statistically significant

Idaho

6.65.3-1.3Statistically significant

Illinois

9.28.7-0.5Not statistically significant

Indiana

7.96.1-1.8Statistically significant

Iowa

4.94.4-0.5Not statistically significant

Kansas

5.64.9-0.7Not statistically significant

Kentucky

8.27.8-0.4Not statistically significant

Louisiana

6.44.5-1.9Statistically significant

Maine

6.96.1-0.8Statistically significant

Maryland

6.85.7-1.1Statistically significant

Massachusetts

6.96.5-0.4Not statistically significant

Michigan

8.87.7-1.1Statistically significant

Minnesota

5.34.8-0.5Not statistically significant

Mississippi

9.07.4-1.6Statistically significant

Missouri

6.76.4-0.3Not statistically significant

Montana

5.75.1-0.6Not statistically significant

Nebraska

3.93.6-0.3Not statistically significant

Nevada

10.38.5-1.8Statistically significant

New Hampshire

5.44.7-0.7Not statistically significant

New Jersey

8.87.1-1.7Statistically significant

New Mexico

6.96.7-0.2Not statistically significant

New York

8.06.8-1.2Statistically significant

North Carolina

8.66.4-2.2Statistically significant

North Dakota

3.02.6-0.4Not statistically significant

Ohio

7.36.5-0.8Not statistically significant

Oklahoma

5.35.0-0.3Not statistically significant

Oregon

8.16.9-1.2Statistically significant

Pennsylvania

7.76.2-1.5Statistically significant

Rhode Island

9.59.0-0.5Not statistically significant

South Carolina

8.15.7-2.4Statistically significant

South Dakota

4.03.6-0.4Not statistically significant

Tennessee

8.26.9-1.3Statistically significant

Texas

6.55.7-0.8Statistically significant

Utah

4.73.9-0.8Statistically significant

Vermont

4.33.7-0.6Not statistically significant

Virginia

5.64.9-0.7Statistically significant

Washington

7.26.4-0.8Not statistically significant

West Virginia

6.86.0-0.8Not statistically significant

Wisconsin

6.96.1-0.8Statistically significant

Wyoming

4.84.2-0.6Not statistically significant

Footnotes:
(p) preliminary.
 

Washington, Net change: -0.8 percentage pointOregon, Net change: -1.2 percentage pointsCalifornia, Net change: -1.4 percentage pointsIdaho, Net change: -1.3 percentage pointsNevada, Net change: -1.8 percentage pointsMontana, Net change: -0.8 percentage pointWyoming, Net change: -0.6 percentage pointUtah, Net change: -0.8 percentage pointArizona, Net change: -0.7 percentage pointColorado, Net change: -1.0 percentage pointNew Mexico, Net change: -0.2 percentage pointNorth Dakota, Net change: -0.4 percentage pointSouth Dakota, Net change: -0.4 percentage pointNebraska, Net change: -0.3 percentage pointKansas, Net change: -0.7 percentage pointOklahoma, Net change: -0.3 percentage pointTexas, Net change: -0.8 percentage pointLouisiana, Net change: -1.9 percentage pointsArkansas, Net change: -0.4 pointMissouri, Net change: -0.3 percentage pointIowa, Net change: -0.5 percentage pointMinnesota, Net change: -0.5 percentage pointAlaska, Net change: 0.0 percentage pointHawaii, Net change: -0.3 percentage pointKentucky, Net change: -0.4 percentage pointTennessee, Net change: -1.3 percentage pointsMississippi, Net change: -1.6 percentage pointsAlabama, Net change: -0.2 pointFlorida, Net change: -1.7 percentage pointsGeorgia, Net change: -1.4 percentage pointsSouth Carolina, Net change: -2.4 percentage pointsNorth Carolina, Net change: -2.2 percentage pointsVirginia, Net change: -0.7 percentage pointDistrict of Columbia, Net change: -1.2 percentage pointsWest Virginia, Net change: -0.8 percentage pointMaryland, Net change: -1.1 percentage pointsDelaware, Net change: -0.9 percentage pointWisconsin, Net change: -0.8 percentage pointIllinois, Net change: -0.5 percentage pointMichigan, Net change: -1.1 percentage pointsIndiana, Net change: -1.8 percentage pointsOhio, Net change: -0.8 percentage pointPennsylvania, Net change: -1.5 percentage pointsNew Jersey, Net change: -1.7 percentage pointsNew York, Net change: -1.2 percentage pointsConnecticut, Net change: -0.9 percentage pointRhode Island, Net change: -0.5 percentage pointMassachusetts, Net change: -0.4 percentage pointVermont, Net change: -0.6 percentage pointNew Hampshire, Net change: -0.7 percentage pointMaine, Net change: -0.8 percentage point

Ten states had statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate declines in February 2014. The largest of these occurred in South Carolina (-0.7 percentage point) and Ohio (−0.4 point). Missouri and Iowa were the only states with significant over-the-month rate increases (+0.4 and +0.1 percentage point, respectively). The remaining 38 states and the District of Columbia had 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 — February 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑0493.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, South Carolina has largest decrease in unemployment rate from February 2013 to February 2014 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140401.htm (visited October 21, 2014).

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