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US state unemployment rates in April, at a glance

2:42 PM, May 19, 2013   |    comments
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 12: Job seekers wait in line to enter the San Francisco Hirevent job fair at the Hotel Whitmore on July 12, 2011 in San Francisco, California. As the national unemployment rate stands at 9.2 percent, several hundred job seekers turned out to meet with recruiters at the San Francisco Hirevent job fair where nearly 250 jobs were available. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Steady hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states in April, the most in five months. The declines show the job market's recent improvement has been widespread.

Unemployment rates increased in only three states, the Labor Department said Friday: Louisiana, Tennessee and North Dakota. Rates were unchanged in seven states.

Here are the unemployment rates for each state, compared with the previous month and a year earlier:

April 2012 March 2013 April 2013

Alabama 7.4 7.2 6.9

Alaska 7 6.2 6

Arizona 8.4 7.9 7.9

Arkansas 7.3 7.2 7.1

California 10.7 9.4 9

Colorado 8.2 7.1 6.9

Connecticut 8.2 8 8

Delaware 7 7.2 7.2

Florida 8.9 7.5 7.2

Georgia 9.1 8.4 8.2

Hawaii 6.1 5.1 4.9

Idaho 7.3 6.1 6.1

Illinois 8.8 9.5 9.3

Indiana 8.3 8.7 8.5

Iowa 5.2 4.9 4.7

Kansas 5.8 5.6 5.5

Kentucky 8.2 8 7.9

Louisiana 6.8 6.2 6.5

Maine 7.3 7.1 6.9

Maryland 6.8 6.6 6.5

Massachusetts 6.6 6.4 6.4

Michigan 9.1 8.5 8.4

Minnesota 5.6 5.4 5.3

Mississippi 9 9.4 9.1

Missouri 7 6.7 6.6

Montana 6.1 5.6 5.5

Nebraska 4 3.8 3.7

Nevada 11.5 9.7 9.6

New Hampshire 5.4 5.7 5.5

New Jersey 9.4 9 8.7

New Mexico 7 6.9 6.7

New York 8.6 8.2 7.8

North Carolina 9.4 9.2 8.9

North Dakota 3 3.2 3.3

Ohio 7.3 7.1 7

Oklahoma 5 5 4.9

Oregon 8.8 8.2 8

Pennsylvania 7.8 7.9 7.6

Rhode Island 10.6 9.1 8.8

South Carolina 9.3 8.4 8

South Dakota 4.4 4.3 4.1

Tennessee 8.1 7.8 8

Texas 7 6.4 6.4

Utah 5.7 4.9 4.7

Vermont 4.9 4.1 4

Virginia 5.9 5.3 5.2

Washington 8.4 7.3 7

Washington, D.C. 9.1 8.6 8.5

West Virginia 7.1 7 6.6

Wisconsin 6.9 7.1 7.1

Wyoming 5.5 4.9 4.8

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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