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South Dakota again posted the lowest jobless rate among states in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. South Dakota's unemployment rate edged down to 2.8% in June from 2.9% in April. States with the second-highest jobless rates were North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming at 3.2% each. Wyoming had tied with South Dakota for the lowest unemployment rate among states in April and May.
Michigan again registered the highest jobless rate among states at 8.5% in June, a rate unchanged from May. Rhode Island posted the second-highest unemployment rate at 7.5%.
Year-over-year, 45 states and the District of Columbia reported higher jobless rates in June. Four states reported lower rates, and one was unchanged.