The rate of unemployment in the United States dropped in 24 states in the month of January, while eight states witnessed an increase in the jobless rate, according to the latest report by the government.
The US Labor Department report on Tuesday provided the latest evidence for a strong hiring in the job market across the country.
According to the report, the unemployment rates remained unchanged from December across 18 American states as well as Washington, D.C.
With 2.8 percent, North Dakota witnessed the lowest jobless rate in the US. The depressing figure signaled towards a plunging oil prices that had still to cause major layoffs in a state that has been benefited from a boom in energy sector.
Nevada and Mississippi showed the highest unemployment rate of 7.1 percent each.
Illinois and Rhode Island witnessed the unemployment rate dropping the most from January 2014. While Illinois reported 6.1 percent jobless rate in January from 8.2 percent a year earlier, Rhode Island witnessed a drop to 6.5 percent from 8.6 percent last year.
In both states, the decline in jobless rate partially reflected the people who are dropping out of the labor force. However, people who were not seeking employment aren’t counted as unemployed.
The employers added enough jobs across 39 states, while lowered them in ten along with Washington, D.C.
California, Ohio and Michigan added 67,300; 25,100 and 24,200 jobs respectively in January. On the other hand, Virginia, Minnesota and Louisiana lost 10,900; 7,900 and 7,500 employments respectively.
The employers added 3.3 million jobs across the country over the past year. The nationwide unemployment plunged to 5.5 percent in February, from a year earlier’s 6.7 percent.
The US Commerce Department on Tuesday said that the home construction tumbled last month, pushing down by brutal winter weather conditions in the Midwest and Northeast.