The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its estimates for each US state’s September unemployment rate on Friday.
According to the press release for the report, seven states had a statistically significant decline in unemployment from August to September, with just one state (New York) seeing a small increase. The other 42 states and DC were more or less unchanged over the month.
Unemployment rates among the states ranged from a low of 2.9% in New Hampshire and South Dakota to a high of 6.9% in Alaska. Overall, unemployment in the states, as with the country as a whole, is continuing its gradual downward trend after the highs of the Great Recession.