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State Unemployment Update

State Unemployment Rates | March 2015

4/21/2015

Unemployment Down in 23 States in March

Unemployment rates dropped in 23 states and the District of Columbia in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment increased in 12 states and Puerto Rico, while rates remained unchanged in 15 states.

Compared to a year ago, unemployment has decreased in 46 states and D.C., increased in three states and Puerto Rico, and remained unchanged in one state. 

States with the largest gains in employment were California, which added 39,800 jobs in March, followed by Florida, up by 30,600 jobs, and Massachusetts and Washington, which both saw increases of 10,500 new jobs.

Texas lost the most jobs in March, down by 25,400 positions. Oklahoma and Pennsylvania lost 12,900 and 12,700 respectively. 

Nevada once again led the states with the highest unemployment rate, at 7.1 percent, although D.C. posted a 7.7 percent rate and unemployment in Puerto Rico was 11.8 percent. Nebraska again enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate of the states, at 2.6 percent.

State unemployment rates for April will be released on Wednesday, May 27.

March 2015 State Unemployment Rates *   

State

Rate

State

 

Alabama

5.7

Montana

4.1

Alaska

6.5

Nebraska

2.6

Arizona

6.2

Nevada

7.1

Arkansas

5.6

New Hampshire

3.9

California

6.5

New Jersey

6.5

Colorado

4.2

New Mexico

6.1

Connecticut

6.4

New York

5.7

Delaware

4.6

North Carolina

5.4

D.C.

7.7

North Dakota

3.1

Florida

5.7

Ohio

5.1

Georgia

6.3

Oklahoma

3.9

Hawaii

4.1

Oregon

5.4

Idaho

3.8

Pennsylvania

5.3

Illinois

6.0

Puerto Rico

11.8

Indiana

5.8

Rhode Island

6.3

Iowa

4.0

South Carolina

6.7

Kansas

4.2

South Dakota

3.5

Kentucky

5.1

Tennessee

6.3

Louisiana

6.6

Texas

4.2

Maine

4.8

Utah

3.4

Maryland

5.4

Vermont

3.8

Massachusetts

4.8

Virginia

4.8

Michigan

5.6

Washington

5.9

Minnesota

3.7

West Virginia

6.6

Mississippi

6.8

Wisconsin

4.6

Missouri

5.6

Wyoming

4.1

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

*  Preliminary figures from BLS.

Note that NCSL cannot provide advice or assistance to private citizens or businesses regarding employment-related matters.  Please consult your state department of labor or a private attorney.

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