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).
|State||February 2013 unemployment rate|
|February 2014 unemployment rate|
(in percentage point(s))(p)
|6.6||6.4||-0.2||Not statistically significant|
|6.5||6.5||0.0||Not statistically significant|
|8.0||7.3||-0.7||Not statistically significant|
|7.5||7.1||-0.4||Not statistically significant|
|7.9||7.0||-0.9||Not statistically significant|
District of Columbia
|4.9||4.6||-0.3||Not statistically significant|
|9.2||8.7||-0.5||Not statistically significant|
|4.9||4.4||-0.5||Not statistically significant|
|5.6||4.9||-0.7||Not statistically significant|
|8.2||7.8||-0.4||Not statistically significant|
|6.9||6.5||-0.4||Not statistically significant|
|5.3||4.8||-0.5||Not statistically significant|
|6.7||6.4||-0.3||Not statistically significant|
|5.7||5.1||-0.6||Not statistically significant|
|3.9||3.6||-0.3||Not statistically significant|
|5.4||4.7||-0.7||Not statistically significant|
|6.9||6.7||-0.2||Not statistically significant|
|3.0||2.6||-0.4||Not statistically significant|
|7.3||6.5||-0.8||Not statistically significant|
|5.3||5.0||-0.3||Not statistically significant|
|9.5||9.0||-0.5||Not statistically significant|
|4.0||3.6||-0.4||Not statistically significant|
|4.3||3.7||-0.6||Not statistically significant|
|7.2||6.4||-0.8||Not statistically significant|
|6.8||6.0||-0.8||Not statistically significant|
|4.8||4.2||-0.6||Not statistically significant|
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, 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 September 22, 2014).
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