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April 24 2018

8 States Just Hit the Lowest Unemployment in Their History

by Patrice Lee Onwuka

More Americans have jobs today than at any other time in a number of states. Eight states hit record low unemployment in March and several others added record numbers of jobs over the past year.

While Hillary Clinton suggested that the coasts are flourishing and leaving Middle America behind, new government data finds that employment bright spots are everywhere.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statisticsjobs growth was strong in coastal and mainland states. There's also no ideological tilt to growing states either; red states and blue states are both faring well.

8 States with Record-Low Unemployment Rates:

  1. Hawaii — 2.1 percent (has nation's lowest unemployment rate)

  2. Maine — 2.7 percent

  3. Idaho — 2.9 percent

  4. Wisconsin — 2.9 percent

  5. Kentucky — 4.0 percent

  6. California — 41 percent

  7. Oregon — 4.1 percent

  8. Mississippi — 4.5 percent

8 States with Unemployment Rates Under 3 Percent:

  1. Idaho – 2.9 percent

  2. Iowa – 2.8 percent

  3. Maine – 2.7 percent

  4. Nebraska – 2.8 percent

  5. New Hampshire – 2.6 percent

  6. North Dakota – 2.6 percent

  7. Wisconsin – 2.9 percent

  8. Vermont – 2.8 percent

States with biggest jobs growth from 2017 to 2018:

  1. California (+321,000 jobs)

  2. Texas (+294,100 jobs)

  3. Florida (+173,100 jobs)

  4. New York (+113,300 jobs)

  5. Washington (+91,600 jobs)

Healthy employment growth is good news for workers, women, and our workforce. 

 

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