WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent. The figures are a sign of widespread, if slow, improvement in the nation’s job market.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 43 states in April, rose in two states and were unchanged in five.

Hiring is picking up as well. Employers added jobs in 39 states, while 10 states posted job losses. Nebraska reported no change.

Twenty-five states now have unemployment rates of 5.9 percent or lower. The Federal Reserve considers “full employment” to be between 5.2 percent and 5.6 percent. Rates below that level could push up inflation.

Hiring wasn’t the whole reason rates fell in many states: Fewer Americans also looked for work.

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2 thoughts on “Unemployment Rates Below 6% In 25 US States

  1. “Hiring wasn’t the whole reason rates fell in many states: Fewer Americans also looked for work.”

    That line should have been put at the top, rather than at the bottom.

    Unfortunately, you can’t believe this kind of data point when presented in this manner.

    With larger and larger numbers who are no longer in the labor force, due to their falling off the unemployment rolls after their compensation is exhausted, they are no longer being measured. A 6% rate on a lower number of people in the labor force is not the same as a 6% rate on a higher number of people in the labor force.

    Also, anyone who loses a good paying job and substitutes two part-time jobs, at a total of half the previous rate of pay, is still counted as ’employed’. This is regardless of any loss of benefits, foreclosure, job instability, etc. that might occur as a result.

    Taking this ‘rate’ at face value is just one more way to count yourself as misinformed.

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