Employment Picture Improves in Most U.S. States

The Associated Press reports that the unemployment rate fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, demonstrating that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country. The report continues;

And in many states, unemployment has fallen well below the national average, which was 8.1 percent last month.

The rate was under 7 percent in 22 states in April. That compares with only 13 states in April 2011.

The unemployment rates for states in April 2012 are:

Unemployment Rates for States
Monthly Rankings
Seasonally Adjusted
Apr. 2012
Rank State Rate (%)
1 NORTH DAKOTA 3
2 NEBRASKA 3.9
3 SOUTH DAKOTA 4.3
4 VERMONT 4.6
5 NEW HAMPSHIRE 5
5 OKLAHOMA 5
7 IOWA 5.1
8 WYOMING 5.3
9 MINNESOTA 5.6
9 VIRGINIA 5.6
11 UTAH 6
12 KANSAS 6.1
12 MONTANA 6.1
14 HAWAII 6.3
14 MASSACHUSETTS 6.3
16 MARYLAND 6.7
16 WEST VIRGINIA 6.7
16 WISCONSIN 6.7
19 DELAWARE 6.8
20 ALASKA 6.9
20 NEW MEXICO 6.9
20 TEXAS 6.9
23 LOUISIANA 7.1
24 ALABAMA 7.2
24 ARKANSAS 7.2
24 MAINE 7.2
27 MISSOURI 7.3
28 OHIO 7.4
28 PENNSYLVANIA 7.4
30 CONNECTICUT 7.7
30 IDAHO 7.7
32 TENNESSEE 7.8
33 COLORADO 7.9
33 INDIANA 7.9
35 WASHINGTON 8.1
36 ARIZONA 8.2
37 KENTUCKY 8.3
37 MICHIGAN 8.3
39 NEW YORK 8.5
39 OREGON 8.5
41 FLORIDA 8.7
41 ILLINOIS 8.7
41 MISSISSIPPI 8.7
44 SOUTH CAROLINA 8.8
45 GEORGIA 8.9
46 NEW JERSEY 9.1
47 NORTH CAROLINA 9.4
48 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 9.5
49 CALIFORNIA 10.9
50 RHODE ISLAND 11.2
51 NEVADA 11.7