Unemployment rates were lower in September in 44 states and the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today.
The five states where unemployment increased were Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and New Mexico. (Maine’s unemployment rate remained static.)
Meanwhile, only two states, California and Nevada, had unemployment rates higher than 9.9 percent.
Texas, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia added a total of 52,000 jobs in the past month.
The following image shows state-by-state unemployment rates for September; darker shading means a higher unemployment rate.