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Unemployment Rate of 2.9% in South Dakota Shows Uneven Recovery

  • U.S. joblessness highest in Hawaii and New York, data show
  • Disparity in state data shows uneven labor market recovery

The job market is thriving in nearly a dozen states including South Dakota and Utah at the same time high unemployment persists in other places like Hawaii and New York – underscoring the recovery’s unevenness.

The unemployment rate in February was less than 4% in ten states, but double that, or more than 8%, in seven others including the District of Columbia, according to Labor Department data released Friday. The national unemployment rate was 6.2% in the month.