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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 19, 2013 1:20 pm

State unemployment rates in March, at a glance

By The Associated Press







































































































































































































































Unemployment rates fell in just over half of U.S. states in March even though job growth slowed. Rates fell largely because many of those out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.
Employers in only 23 states added jobs, down from 42 in February and the fewest states to see job gains in 18 months. Nationwide, hiring slowed sharply in March, when employers added only 88,000 jobs. That was down from an average of 220,000 from November through February.
Here are the unemployment rates for each state, compared with the previous month and a year earlier:
State unemployment rates
Figures in percentages
March 2013 February 2013 March 2012
Alabama 7.2 7.2 7.2
Alaska 6.2 6.5 7
Arizona 7.9 7.9 8.4
Arkansas 7.2 7.2 7.3
California 9.4 9.6 10.7
Colorado 7.1 7.2 8.2
Connecticut 8 8 8.1
Delaware 7.3 7.2 7
Florida 7.5 7.8 8.9
Georgia 8.4 8.6 9.1
Hawaii 5.1 5.2 6.2
Idaho 6.2 6.2 7.4
Illinois 9.5 9.5 8.8
Indiana 8.7 8.7 8.2
Iowa 4.9 5 5.4
Kansas 5.6 5.5 5.8
Kentucky 8 7.9 8.2
Louisiana 6.2 6 6.8
Maine 7.1 7.3 7.3
Maryland 6.6 6.6 6.7
Massachusetts 6.4 6.5 6.6
Michigan 8.5 8.8 9
Minnesota 5.4 5.5 5.7
Mississippi 9.4 9.6 9
Missouri 6.7 6.7 7
Montana 5.6 5.6 6.1
Nebraska 3.8 3.8 3.9
Nevada 9.7 9.6 11.6
New Hampshire 5.7 5.8 5.3
New Jersey 9 9.3 9.3
New Mexico 6.9 6.8 6.9
New York 8.2 8.4 8.5
North Carolina 9.2 9.4 9.4
North Dakota 3.3 3.3 3
Ohio 7.1 7.1 7.4
Oklahoma 5 5 5.1
Oregon 8.2 8.3 8.8
Pennsylvania 7.9 8.1 7.6
Rhode Island 9.1 9.4 10.6
South Carolina 8.4 8.6 9.3
South Dakota 4.3 4.4 4.4
Tennessee 7.9 7.8 8
Texas 6.4 6.4 7
Utah 4.9 5.2 5.8
Vermont 4.1 4.4 4.8
Virginia 5.3 5.6 5.9
Washington 7.3 7.5 8.4
Washington, D.C. 8.5 8.6 9.2
West Virginia 7 7.3 7
Wisconsin 7.1 7.1 6.9
Wyoming 4.9 4.9 5.5