Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Unemployment falls in 34 states

By Blake Ellis, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- More than half of all U.S. states posted lower unemployment rates last month, the government said Friday.

A total of 34 states and the District of Columbia reported jobless rate declines in April, according to a monthly report from the Labor Department. Jobless rates rose in six states in April, and 10 states reported no change.

That compares to last month's gloomy state unemployment report, showing that 24 states suffered jobless rate hikes in March, and rates only eased in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

Annually, the state unemployment landscape is still grim, but getting better, Friday's report showed. Jobless rates rose in 38 states and the District of Columbia from a year earlier. But that's down from a total of 44 states and D.C. reporting rising rates in March.

Last month, the Labor Department's latest national report showed the U.S. economy gained 290,000 jobs in April, the biggest gain in four years. But the unemployment rate crept higher, to 9.9% from 9.7% in the previous month.

Friday's report showed that a total of 27 states posted unemployment rates below the national average of 9.9% in April, while 10 states and D.C. reported higher rates.

North Dakota boasted the lowest unemployment, posting a 3.8% rate. South Dakota and Nebraska followed, with rates of 4.7% and 5%, respectively.

Michigan again suffered severe unemployment, and its 14% jobless rate was the highest in the nation. Nevada's 13.7% unemployment rate was the second highest rate and a record high for the state. To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 20,894.83 89.99 0.43%
Nasdaq 6,133.62 49.91 0.82%
S&P 500 2,394.02 12.29 0.52%
Treasuries 2.25 0.01 0.40%
Data as of 3:10am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Advanced Micro Devic... 11.04 -0.37 -3.24%
Bank of America Corp... 23.04 -0.01 -0.04%
Ford Motor Co 11.10 0.23 2.12%
Cisco Systems Inc 31.59 0.38 1.22%
General Electric Co 28.18 0.13 0.46%
Data as of May 22
Sponsors

Sections

Why Ford fired its CEO: Shares tumbled amid doubts in about unprecedented changes and new competitors ahead. More

President Trump's first full budget proposal lays out $4.1 trillion in spending for 2018 but reallocates where federal funds are spent. The White House estimates his budget would reduce spending over the next decade by $3.6 trillion. More

Millions of newborn piglets are accidentally crushed every year under their mother. SmartGuard is a tech device designed to save piglets' lives. More

A 401(k) plan is the go-to retirement savings account for most workers. But if you're employed at a company that doesn't offer a 401(k) or any other retirement plan, don't worry. There are other options. More