17 states hit historic unemployment lows

FILE – Travis Sheetz, a worker with the Mason County (Wash.) Public Utility District, installs fiber optic cable on a utility pole, Aug. 4, 2021, near Belfair, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

Unemployment rates hit new record lows across the nation in May as businesses continued to hire workers, according to a government report released Friday.

The monthly survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed unemployment rates dropped in 11 states from the month before, and in 17 states over the last year. The unemployment rate hit just 1.9% in Nebraska, New Hampshire and South Dakota, the lowest rates in the nation.

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