The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate decreased in 25 states, was unchanged in 8 states and D.C., and increased in 17 states in May.
From a year ago, the unemployment rate has decreased in 41 states and is unchanged in 5 states. The 4 states with increases from May 2012: Delaware, Illinois, North Dakota, and Tennessee.
Puerto Rico continues to hold the highest unemployment rate at 13.4% followed by Nevada at 9.5%. The lowest rate is still in North Dakota at 3.2%.
Recall that the national unemployment rate as reported in the employment situation release was 7.6% in May.