Employment Rates Stable in 40 States

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 10 states and stable in 40 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

The national unemployment of 3.6% for April 2019 is 0.2 percentage points lower than March, and 0.3 point lower than in April 2018. Over the year, 29 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 21 states and the District were essentially unchanged.

Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in April, 2.2%. The rates in Pennsylvania (3.8%), Vermont (2.2%), and Wisconsin (2.8%) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 6.5%. In total, 12 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.6%, 11 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 27 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

The biggest changes in state employment numbers