WASHINGTON (July 18, 2014) Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states in June and stayed the same in 14 including Texas, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday.
Unemployment rates rose in 14 states, the department said.
Meanwhile, employers added jobs in 33 states and cut back in 17.
The biggest drop was in Illinois, where the jobless rate fell to 7.1 percent from 7.5 percent.
The state's rate has dropped by 0.8 percentage points in the past two months, partly because more people have given up searching for work.
Nationwide, employers added 288,000 jobs last month, capping the healthiest stretch of hiring in 15 years.
The robust job gains have helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest in nearly six years.
State performance in job creation defies political categories.
The big winners over the past five years include Republican-dominated red states such as Texas and Democratic-dominated blue ones such as California.