Special Report

Unemployment Improves Across Country, 12 States Didn't Improve

Landmark Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California
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10. California
> 2016 unemployment: 5.4% (tied – 9th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.2% (7th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.8%
> Adults w/ college degree: 32.3% (14th highest)

Seattle, Washington
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9. Washington
> 2016 unemployment: 5.4% (tied – 9th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 5.6% (tied – 17th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.2%
> Adults w/ college degree: 34.2% (11th highest)

Las Vegas Strip at night - high vantage, Nevada
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8. Nevada
> 2016 unemployment: 5.7% (8th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.8% (tied – the highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -1.1%
> Adults w/ college degree: 23.6% (6th lowest)

Jackson, ,Mississippi
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7. Mississippi
> 2016 unemployment: 5.8% (7th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.4% (tied – 4th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.6%
> Adults w/ college degree: 20.8% (2nd lowest)

Chicago, Illinois 4
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6. Illinois
> 2016 unemployment: 5.9% (6th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 5.9% (13th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: 0.0%
> Adults w/ college degree: 32.9% (12th highest)