Unemployment rates were lower in February in 23 states and the District of Columbia, higher in four states, and stable in 23 states, according to the latest information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Forty-five states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier and five states had little or no change. The national unemployment rate, 6.2%, was little changed over the month, but was 2.7 percentage points higher than in February 2020.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 11 states, decreased in three states, and was essentially unchanged in 36 states and the District of Columbia in February 2021.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 48 states and the District and was essentially unchanged in two states.

The department also said that nonfarm payroll employment increased in 11 states, decreased in three states, and was essentially unchanged in 36 states and the District of Columbia in February.

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Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 48 states and the District of Columbia and was essentially unchanged in two states. The largest job declines occurred in California (-1,662,000), New York (-1,062,800), and Texas (-593,300).

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for North Dakota in February was 4.7%, according to the bureau. In Minnesota it was 4.3% and in South Dakota it was 2.9%.