BLS: 'Significantly Higher' Unemployment Rates in 6 States Last Month

By Susan Jones | July 22, 2016 | 10:34am EDT
Unemployment rates were "significantly higher" last month in six states, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP File Photo)

( - Unemployment rates were "significantly higher" last month in six states, lower in one state, and stable in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

In June, according to BLS, the six states with "statistically significant" unemployment rate increases were Colorado (up 0.4 percentage point); Nevada and Oregon ( up 0.3 point each); and California, Maine, and South Dakota (up 0.2 point each).

BLS said the only "notable" unemployment rate decrease in June occurred in North Carolina (down 0.2 percentage point).

The remaining 43 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that were not significantly different from those of a month earlier.

Other findings:

-- South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in June, at 2.7 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively.

-- Alaska had the highest unemployment rate, 6.7 percent.

-- 21 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 4.9 percent;

-- 14 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates than the national 4.9 percent rate;

-- 15 states had rates that were not appreciably different from June's 4.9 percent.

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