Unemployment rates declined in 10 states in February

A news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that unemployment rates fell in 10 states in February, with only one state seeing a rate increase. 

New Hampshire had the lowest unemployment rate during the month, at 2.7 percent. The other nine states that saw declines were: Hawaii, South Dakota, Colorado, North Dakota, Arkansas, Oregon, New Mexico, Alaska and Alabama. 

Massachusetts was the only state to have an increase in the unemployment rate, with the measure rising by 0.2 percentage point. 

The remaining 39 states had stable unemployment rates that were unchanged in February.

Illinois gained the most jobs in February of any state, adding 25,600 positions. The largest over-the-year job gains were in California, which added 315,800 positions in the past year. 

The unemployment rate in New Hampshire was significantly lower than the national unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February. 

The state has had job gains in several industries, including construction. New Hampshire Employment Security forecast that construction will be the fastest-growing industry in the state over the next 15 months, anticipating that it would add 1,155 jobs, the Concord Monitor reported. 

A new release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that unemployment rates fell in 10 states in February.