US state unemployment rates in May, at a glance

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • June 21, 2013 - 2:40 PM

Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, led by drops in California, West Virginia, New York and Hawaii.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in 17 states and were unchanged in eight.

Hiring has been steady nationwide, leading to a better job market in many areas of the country. Employers added jobs in 33 states last month.

Here are unemployment rates in May for each state, compared with April and a year earlier:

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