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First Cut: Unemployment rates by region unchanged in April from March, dip in national rate probably comes at the margins of the labor force

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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