State Unemployment Rates, July 2013
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.