Special Report

Unemployment Improves Across Country, 12 States Didn't Improve

Portland Oregon
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20. Oregon
> 2016 unemployment: 4.9% (tied – 20th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 5.6% (tied – 17th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.7%
> Adults w/ college degree: 32.2% (15th highest)

Newark at night, New Jersey
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19. New Jersey
> 2016 unemployment: 5.0% (tied – 18th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 5.8% (tied – 14th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.8%
> Adults w/ college degree: 37.6% (5th highest)

Louisville, Kentucky
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18. Kentucky
> 2016 unemployment: 5.0% (tied – 18th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 5.3% (tied – 22nd highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.3%
> Adults w/ college degree: 23.3% (5th lowest)

Greensboro, North Carolina Skyline
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17. North Carolina
> 2016 unemployment: 5.1% (tied – 16th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 5.8% (tied – 14th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.7%
> Adults w/ college degree: 29.4% (25th lowest)

Skyline of Hartford Connecticut on a beautiful sunny day
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16. Connecticut
> 2016 unemployment: 5.1% (tied – 16th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 5.7% (16th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.6%
> Adults w/ college degree: 38.3% (4th highest)