The April Employment Situation put the national rate of unemployment at 3.6%. More detailed data on state and regional unemployment rates suggest that that was achieved at the margins of the labor force.
Regional unemployment rates were unchanged at 3.7% in April from March, held at 3.7% in the Midwest and also at 3.7% in the South, and 4.2% in the West.
The ten states with the largest share of the labor force saw very little change month-to-month with at most a variation of a tenth of a percent, negligible in the overall picture of a tight labor market.
Payroll gains in the ten states with the largest labor forces accounted for about 57% of all jobs added in April.
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