Unemployment rates dropped in April in 10 states, increased in one state, and were stable in 39 other states and the District of Columbia, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.
The largest unemployment rate decreases were in Alabama and Tennessee (-0.4 percentage point each). The other eight states with lower jobless rates were Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Massachusetts had the only rate increase (+0.3 percentage point). The remaining 39 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that were not notably different from those of a month earlier.
Colorado had the lowest unemployment rate in April, at 2.3 percent, followed by Hawaii and North Dakota, at 2.7 percent each.
The rates in Arkansas (3.5 percent), Colorado (2.3 percent), and Oregon (3.7 percent) set new state lows in April.
New Mexico and Alaska had the highest jobless rates, 6.7 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.