Freezing Cold Nebraska and North Dakota Had Lowest Unemployment Rate in December

By Michael Morris | January 27, 2015 | 11:10am EST

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a now hiring sign hangs nearby as a builder works on a commercial property under construction in Peabody, Mass. The Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for December on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Today the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment data showing that in December 2014 Mississippi, California and the District of Columbia had the highest unemployment rates in the country, while Nebraska and North Dakota had the lowest.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in December 2014, “nonfarm payroll employment increased in 41 states and decreased in 9 states and the District of Columbia.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Table 3. Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and selected area, seasonally adjusted, you can find the percentage of unemployment in the labor force.

The top 10 states with the highest unemployment rates in December 2014 were as follows:

  1. Mississippi: 7.2
  2. California: 7.0
  3. Georgia: 6.9
  4. Nevada: 6.8
  5. Rhode Island: 6.8
  6. Arizona: 6.7
  7. Louisiana: 6.7
  8. Oregon: 6.7
  9. Tennessee: 6.6
  10. South Carolina: 6.5

The nation's capital, the District of Columbia, had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 7.3 percent.

The top 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates in December 2014 were as follows:

  1. North Dakota: 2.8
  2. Nebraska: 2.9
  3. South Dakota: 3.3
  4. Utah: 3.5
  5. Minnesota: 3.6
  6. Idaho: 3.7
  7. Colorado: 4.0
  8. New Hampshire: 4.0
  9. Hawaii: 4.0
  10. Iowa: 4.1

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