Jobless rates, state by state

Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, led by drops in California, West Virginia, New York and Hawaii. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in 17 states and were unchanged in eight.

Here are unemployment rates in May for each state, compared with April and a year earlier:

 May 2013April 2013May 2012
Alabama   6.86.97.5

Alaska  

5.95.97.1
Arizona 7.87.98.4
Arkansas 7.37.27.3
California 8.6 9.0 10.7
Colorado 6.96.9 8.2

Connecticut  

8.08.08.4

Delaware

7.27.17.1

Florida

7.17.28.8

Georgia

8.38.29.1

Hawaii

4.74.96.1

Idaho

6.26.17.3

Illinois

9.19.38.9

Indiana

8.38.58.3

Iowa

4.64.75.3

Kansas

5.75.65.8

Kentucky

8.17.98.3

Louisiana

6.86.46.8

Maine

6.86.97.3

Maryland

6.76.56.8

Massachusetts

6.66.46.7

Michigan

8.48.49.2

Minnesota

5.35.35.7

Mississippi

9.19.29.1

Missouri

6.86.77.0

Montana

5.45.56.1

Nebraska

3.83.74.0

Nevada

9.59.611.5

New Hampshire

5.35.55.5

New Jersey

8.68.79.5

New Mexico

6.76.77.0

New York

7.67.88.6

North Carolina

8.88.99.5

North Dakota

3.23.33.0

Ohio

7.07.07.3

Oklahoma

5.04.95.1

Oregon

7.87.98.8

Pennsylvania

7.57.67.9

Rhode Island

8.98.810.6

South Carolina

8.08.09.3

South Dakota

4.04.14.4

Tennessee

8.38.08.1

Texas

6.56.47.0
Utah4.64.75.8
Vermont4.14.05.0
Virginia5.35.25.9
Washington6.87.08.4
Washington, D.C.8.58.59.1
West Virginia6.26.67.3
Wisconsin7.07.17.0
Wyoming4.64.85.5
The Associated Press

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