Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in March. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from February, 12 states had increases, and 15 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The national jobless rate was unchanged from February at 5.5 percent and was 1.1 percentage points lower than in March 2014. Florida had the 6th lowest unemployment rate (5.7 percent), tied with New York and the second largest over-the-month increase in employment, behind California (+39,800 jobs). Florida had the fastest growth rate and ranked third in the number of new jobs.
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