Five states post their lowest unemployment rates since 1976 in October

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November 19, 2021

Five states posted their lowest jobless rates in October since 1976, according to data released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. They were Georgia, 3.1%; Nebraska, 1.9%; Oklahoma, 2.7%; Utah, 2.2%; and West Virginia, 4.3%.

Nebraska and Utah were also the states with the first- and second-lowest unemployment rates among all states in October.

The states with the highest jobless rates in October were California and Nevada at 7.3% each.

Also today, the BLS reported quit rates by state for the month of September compared to August.

The largest quit-rate increases occurred in Hawaii, up 3.8 percentage points; Montana, up 1.5 points; and Nevada and New Hampshire, up 1.1 points each. The largest decreases in quit rates occurred in Kentucky, down 1.1 percentage points; Iowa, down 1.0 point; and South Dakota down 0.7 of a point.

The US national quits rate rose 0.1 of a percentage point.

States with the largest increases in number of quits were Texas, up 69,000; California, up 40,000; and Colorado, up 25,000. The largest declines in quits occurred in Georgia, down 27,000; Kentucky, down 21,000, and New Jersey, down 19,000.

Nationally, the number of quits increased by 164,000.

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