For the month of January, the U.S. saw the year-over-year jobless rate decline to 4.9% with the rate declining or holding steady in 41 out of 50 states. Wall Street Journal staffer Josh Mitchell reports on the states that saw increases in unemployment, most of which were tied to the energy sector.
Top coal and big oil producer Wyoming, saw the largest unemployment increase year over year with a rise of nine-tenths of a percentage point to 4.7%. Oil states did not fare much better:
Then there are the big oil-producing states, which helped drive the nation’s economic recovery after the recession but are now hurting amid a sharp decline in oil prices. The jobless rate rose two-tenths of a point in Alaska to 6.6%. It grew a tenth of a point in North Dakota (2.8%), Texas (4.5%) and New Mexico (6.5%)