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US State Unemployment Rates In May, At A Glance

By The Associated Press

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.

Hiring has been steady nationwide, leading to a better job market in many areas of the country. Employers added jobs in 33 states last month.

Here are unemployment rates in May for each state, compared with April and a year earlier: May 2013April 2013May 2012Alabama6.86.97.5Alaska5.95.97.1Arizona7.87.98.4Arkansas7.37.27.3California8.6910.7Colorado6.96.98.2Connecticut888.4Delaware7.27.17.1Florida7.17.28.8Georgia8.38.29.1Hawaii4.74.96.1Idaho6.26.17.3Illinois9.19.38.9Indiana8.38.58.3Iowa4.64.75.3Kansas5.75.65.8Kentucky8.17.98.3Louisiana6.86.46.8Maine6.86.97.3Maryland6.76.56.8Massachusetts6.66.46.7Michigan8.48.49.2Minnesota5.35.35.7Mississippi9.19.29.1Missouri6.86.77Montana5.45.56.1Nebraska3.83.74Nevada9.59.611.5New Hampshire5.35.55.5New Jersey8.68.79.5New Mexico6.76.77New York7.67.88.6North Carolina8.88.99.5North Dakota3.23.33Ohio777.3Oklahoma54.95.1Oregon7.87.98.8Pennsylvania7.57.67.9Rhode Island8.98.810.6South Carolina889.3South Dakota44.14.4Tennessee8.388.1Texas6.56.47Utah4.64.75.8Vermont4.145Virginia5.35.25.9Washington6.878.4Washington, D.C. Virginia6.26.67.3Wisconsin77.17Wyoming4.64.85.5

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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