South Dakota is listed among few states as having the lowest unemployment rate.
According to information release on Tuesday, June 29, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Dakota was among six states with the jobless rate below 3.7% in May, the latest numbers available.
In May, there were 27 states with unemployment rates lower than the U.S. rate of 5.8%, 12 states and the District of Columbia with higher rates, and 11 states with rates that were not significantly different from that of the nation. At 8.1%, Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate in May.
New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rate, 2.5%, closely followed by Nebraska and Vermont, 2.6% each. Six other states (Montana, Kansas, Alabama, Idaho, South Dakota, and Utah) had rates below 3.7%.
According to the Minnesota Department Employment and Economic Development, the North Star State had a jobless rate of 4% in May, the same number for North Dakota, according to the BLS.
All 50 states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, according to the bureau. The national unemployment rate was 7.5 points lower than in May 2020.