- Unemployment rates fell in 42 states and the District of Columbia and remained stable in 8 states in December.
- The U.S. unemployment rate fell by 0.3% over the month to 3.9%.
- 17 states and the District of Columbia have unemployment rates above the U.S. average.
- Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate at 1.7%, followed by Utah at 1.9%, Oklahoma at 2.3%, and Idaho at 2.4%.
- Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin set new series lows dating back to 1976.
- California has the highest unemployment rate at 6.5%, followed by Nevada at 6.4%, New Jersey at 6.3%, and New York at 6.2%.
- The largest decreases in unemployment occurred in Massachusetts with a 1.3% decline over the month.