Unemployment rates in each US state

October unemployment rates in US states, compared to September and a year ago, at a glance

Associated Press

An increase in hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 37 U.S. states last month, the latest indication that the job market is slowly healing.

Unemployment rates are now below 7 percent in 23 of the 50 states. The Labor Department says rates rose in seven states in October and were unchanged in six.

Here are the unemployment rates for each state:

State unemployment rates
Figures in percentages
October September Oct. 2011
Alabama 8.1 8.2 8.5
Alaska 7.1 7.5 7.5
Arizona 8.1 8.2 9.2
Arkansas 7.2 7.1 8
California 10.1 10.2 11.5
Colorado 7.9 8 8.1
Connecticut 9 8.9 8.5
Delaware 6.8 6.8 7.3
Florida 8.5 8.7 10.2
Georgia 8.7 9 9.7
Hawaii 5.5 5.7 6.8
Idaho 7 7.1 8.6
Illinois 8.8 8.8 10
Indiana 8 8.2 9.1
Iowa 5.1 5.2 5.8
Kansas 5.7 5.9 6.6
Kentucky 8.4 8.4 9.3
Louisiana 6.6 7 7.1
Maine 7.4 7.6 7.3
Maryland 6.7 6.9 6.9
Massachusetts 6.6 6.5 7.1
Michigan 9.1 9.3 9.9
Minnesota 5.8 5.8 6.1
Mississippi 8.9 9.2 10.7
Missouri 6.9 6.9 8.3
Montana 6 6.1 6.8
Nebraska 3.8 3.9 4.4
Nevada 11.5 11.8 13.4
New Hampshire 5.7 5.7 5.4
New Jersey 9.7 9.8 9.3
New Mexico 6.3 6.4 7.2
New York 8.7 8.9 8.2
North Carolina 9.3 9.6 10.6
North Dakota 3.1 3 3.5
Ohio 6.9 7.1 8.3
Oklahoma 5.3 5.2 6.3
Oregon 8.6 8.7 9.3
Pennsylvania 8.1 8.2 7.9
Rhode Island 10.4 10.5 11.2
South Carolina 8.6 9.1 10
South Dakota 4.5 4.4 4.4
Tennessee 8.2 8.3 8.9
Texas 6.6 6.8 7.8
Utah 5.2 5.4 6.2
Vermont 5.5 5.4 5.4
Virginia 5.7 5.9 6.2
Washington 8.2 8.5 8.9
Washington, D.C. 8.5 8.7 10.3
West Virginia 7.5 7.6 7.9
Wisconsin 6.9 7.3 7.3
Wyoming 5.2 5.4 5.8

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