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Hawaii posts lowest jobless rate in August; four states hit record lows

September 21 2018

Hawaii posted the lowest unemployment rate among all states in August at 2.1%, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Iowa was next at 2.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis, followed by North Dakota at 2.6%.

Alaska recorded the highest jobless rate among all states at 6.7% in August.

The BLS reported unemployment rates fell in August in 13 states; the largest were 0.2 percentage-point decreases in Alaska, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Three states had month-over-month rate increases: Maine’s rose 0.2 percentage point while Colorado and Wyoming both posted 0.1 percentage-point increases.

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