The unemployment rates in 13 states have hit record lows in October since the federal government first started recording state-level data, according to The Hill.
“The unemployment rates in Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Washington all met or beat their lowest rates ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), according to the agency’s monthly report issued Friday,” The Hill reported. “California, Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota and Oregon also hit new lows earlier this year.”
The news comes on the heels of a report showing 141 straight weeks of jobless claims remaining below 300,000. That's the longest streak since 1970, when the labor market was much smaller. Moreover, these numbers take into account the economic impact of this year's hurricane season.
“Hawaii boasts the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at just 2.2 percent in October, followed by North Dakota, at 2.5 percent, and Colorado, Nebraska and New Hampshire, at 2.7 percent each,” according to The Hill.
Alaska, the District of Columbia and New Mexico round out the bottom of the list at 7.2 percent, 6.6 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.
The national unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in early November, its lowest rate in nearly 18 years.