Friday, May 20, 2016

Unemployment rate drops by biggest amount in Kentucky

(AP) — The Labor Department says unemployment rates were significantly lower in five states in April, led by a big drop in Kentucky. Kentucky saw its unemployment rate fall to 5.3 percent, down from 5.6 percent in March.

The other four states were Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas and Vermont.

Four states saw significantly higher jobless rates last month: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wyoming and Utah. The largest increase was in Pennsylvania, where the rate rose to 5.3 percent from 4.9 percent.

The other 41 states were seen as having stable unemployment rates from March to April.

The national jobless rate was unchanged in April at 5 percent.

Over the past year, 37 states have added an appreciable number of jobs. Two states have lost jobs, and 11 states have seen job levels essentially unchanged.