Unemployment Rate at Record Low in 10 States: California, New York, Texas, Missouri, Iowa…

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 16, 2018 | 12:39pm EST
President Trump and Vice President Pence in Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 3, 2018. (Getty Images/Mark Wallheiser)

(CNSNews.com) - The unemployment rate was at a record low in ten states in October, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Arkansas (3.5 percent), California (4.1 percent), Idaho (2.7 percent), Iowa (2.4 percent), Missouri (3.1 percent), New York (4.0 percent), Oregon (3.8 percent), South Carolina (3.3 percent), Texas (3.7 percent) and Washington (4.3 percent) the statewide unemployment rate was at the lowest level recorded, according to BLS.

The BLS publishes a chart on its website that list all 50 states and the months in which they hit their highest and lowest historical unemployment rates. (The historical state-by-state unemployment rate data that BLS has published goes back to 1976.)

In addition to the ten states that were at a record low unemployment rate in October, there are another eight states that hit record low unemployment levels earlier this year. These include Alabama (3.7 percent in February), Hawaii (2.0 percent in May), Illinois (4.1 percent in September), Kentucky (4.0 percent in April), Maine (2.7 percent in April), Mississippi (4.5 percent in March), Tennessee (3.3 percent in January), and Wisconsin (2.8 percent in May).

In October, Hawaii’s 2.3 percent unemployment rate was the lowest of any state. But that was up from the state record of 2.0 percent unemployment that Hawaii hit in May.

Eight states had unemployment rates under 3 percent in October. These included Hawaii (2.3 percent), Iowa (2.4 percent), New Hampshire (2.6 percent), Idaho (2.7 percent), Minnesota (2.8 percent), Nebraska (2.8 percent), North Dakota (2.8 percent), Vermont (2.8 percent) and Virginia (2.9 percent).

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