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BLS: Ten States Had Record Low Jobless Rates in April; D.C. Had Highest Rate

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So-called flyover country has some of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Nebraska and Utah had the lowest jobless rates in April, at 1.9 percent each — a record low for both Republican-led states, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

BLS said another eight states — Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Dakota and West Virginia — posted their lowest unemployment rates since record-keeping started in 1976.

All but two of those states are “red” Republican-led states; Arizona and Minnesota are “blue.”

The District of Columbia, a longtime Democrat bastion, had the highest unemployment rate, 5.8 percent, followed by New Mexico (Democrat) at 5.3 percent.

In total, 18 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.6 percent, 10 states and the District had higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably

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