Unemployment rates rose in 16 states, and remained stable in 34 states and the District of Columbia in September.
The U.S. unemployment rate rose was unchanged over the month at 3.8% in September, but 0.3% higher than September 2022.
In total, 25 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.8 percent, 2 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
Twenty-four states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 10 states and the District had increases, and 16 states had little change.
Maryland had the lowest jobless rate in September at 1.6%, followed by North Dakota, South Dakota, and Vermont at 1.9%.
The rates in Maryland (1.6%), Pennsylvania (3.4%), and Rhode Island (2.6%) set new series lows.
Nevada has the highest unemployment rate again at 5.4%, followed by the District at 5.0%, and California at 4.7%.
In September, 16 states had over-the-month unemployment rate increases, the largest of which was in Illinois (+0.3%).