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North Dakota had lowest unemployment rate in January

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota had the country’s lowest unemployment rate in January, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In January, North Dakota saw an unemployment rate of 2.3%, much lower than Alaska, which had the highest unemployment rate at 6%. North Dakota was one of five states that saw decreases in January, the other states being Idaho, Maryland, Nebraska and Washington. 

The remaining 45 states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates that were not notably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes, according to the bureau. 

Eleven states had unemployment rate decreases from January 2019.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 12 states in January and was essentially unchanged in 38 states and the District of Columbia, the bureau said. Over the year, 18 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 32 states and the District were essentially unchanged.