State Unemployment Rates Stall in July
According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state unemployment rates did not change significantly in July 2013 compared to a month earlier. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases, with an average increase of 0.15 percentage points. Fourteen states saw no change in their rates, while 8 states reported decreases. Mississippi reported the biggest month-over-month improvement in July, dropping 0.5 percentage points from a 9.0 percent unemployment rate in June to 8.5 percent in July.
Download state-by-state unemployment data here: State Unemployment Rates, July 2013.
When compared to a year ago however, most states—36—reported a decrease in unemployment, with an average decrease of 0.8 percentage points. Nine states reported an increase in their rates since July 2012, with an average increase of 0.2 percentage points, while 5 states reported no change. California saw the most significant year-over-year improvement to its unemployment rate in July, moving from 10.6 percent in July 2012 to 8.7 percent in July 2013.
On the national level, unemployment slowly but steadily continued to improve, dropping to 7.4 percent, the lowest rate since December 2008.