There wasn’t much movement in regional and state employment rates in March, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the subject.
Twenty-one states had unemployment rate decreases from February, 15 states had increases, and 14 states and the District of Columbia had no change.
South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in March, 2.5 %and 2.6%, respectively, followed by Colorado, at 2.9%. The rates in both Arkansas (4.0%) and Oregon (4.5%) set new series lows. (All region, division, and state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest rate, 6.6%.
The graph from the Calculated Risk Blog shows the current unemployment rate for each state (red), and the max during the recession (blue). All states are well below the maximum unemployment rate for the recession.