Massachusetts Was the Only State to See Unemployment Rate Increase in April

By Susan Jones | May 19, 2017 | 11:02am EDT
Massachusetts had the only unemployment rate increase (+0.3 percentage point) in April, BLS said on Friday.

( – Unemployment rates dropped in April in 10 states, increased in one state, and were stable in 39 other states and the District of Columbia, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

The largest unemployment rate decreases were in Alabama and Tennessee (-0.4 percentage point each). The other eight states with lower jobless rates were Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Massachusetts had the only rate increase (+0.3 percentage point). The remaining 39 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that were not notably different from those of a month earlier.

Colorado had the lowest unemployment rate in April, at 2.3 percent, followed by Hawaii and North Dakota, at 2.7 percent each.

The rates in Arkansas (3.5 percent), Colorado (2.3 percent), and Oregon (3.7 percent) set new state lows in April.

New Mexico and Alaska had the highest jobless rates, 6.7 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.

In total, 19 states had jobless rates lower than the national April unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, 7 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 24 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

In April 2017, nine states had month-to-month increases in nonfarm payroll jobs and one state had a decrease.

Texas added the most jobs in April (+30,400), followed by Minnesota (+15,100) and Wisconsin (+14,800). In percentage terms, the largest increase occurred in Nevada (+0.9 percent), followed by Hawaii and North Dakota (+0.6 percent each).

Indiana had the only over-the-month job loss (-11,300, or -0.4 percent).

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