Unemployment Rate Drop 45 States

March 13, 2012 by staff 

Unemployment Rate Drop 45 States, Unemployment rates dropped in 45 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. in January from a month earlier, the Labor Department reported.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined to 8.3% in January. It was unchanged in February, the government reported last week. Fifteen states and Washington had rates higher than the national average in January.

New York was the only state to report an increases in its unemployment rate, but that may be a function of some discouraged unemployed looking for work again. Even though the state had more unemployed workers in January, a separate report noted that it created 44,600 jobs, the second most in the nation behind Texas.

The Labor Department notes that no state posted a statistically significant increase in its unemployment rate, while 31 of the 45 states that posted declines also weren’t significant. That means when margins of error are taken into account, the rates in those states might as well be flat.

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