#1 North Dakota
North Dakota held on to its number-one position from August. North Dakota's estimated construction unemployment rate was unchanged on a year-over-year basis, one of only two states that did not have a year-over-year reduction in its unemployment rate (West Virginia was the other state).
#2 South Dakota
South Dakota retained its second place position from August based on revised data when it was tied with Hawaii and Wyoming.
Wyoming slipped to third place in September from tied for second place in August. Hawaii, which was tied for second place in August based on revised data, fell out of the top five to sixth lowest construction unemployment rate.
Utah moved into fourth place from tied for sixth place with Iowa in August. Iowa's estimated construction unemployment rate was ninth lowest in September.
Maryland had the fifth lowest rate in September after posting the ninth lowest rate in August. Nebraska, which was in fifth place in August, dropped to seventh lowest rate in September.
Mississippi moved from fourth highest rate (tied with Arizona) in August to fifth highest in September. The state had the fourth largest reduction in its year-over-year rate (down 2.3 percent), along with Maryland, New Jersey and Rhode Island. It also experienced the sixth largest monthly decrease (down 1.2 percent), along with California, Missouri and Rhode Island.
#47 West Virginia
West Virginia improved to fourth highest construction unemployment rate from tied for second highest rate in August. However, West Virginia was the only state with an increase in its rate from a year ago (up 1.4 percent). This also marks the seventh consecutive month that the state's year-over-year unemployment rate increased. On the positive side, there was a significant drop in its rate from August (down 1.4 percent), the fifth largest drop among the states. It was also the lowest estimated construction unemployment rate for the state since October 2014.
#48 Connecticut and Georgia (tie)
Connecticut and Georgia, which were tied for the eighth highest construction unemployment rate in August, tied for the second highest rate in September. Both had solid year-over-year decreases in their rates (down 1.8 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively) and moderate monthly declines (both down 0.3 percent).
#49 Rhode Island
Rhode Island had the highest construction unemployment rate for the second month in a row based on revised August data. This was despite the state having a significant year-over-year drop in its construction unemployment rate (down 2.3 percent, the fourth largest decline along with Maryland, Mississippi and New Jersey) and an almost as notable monthly decline (down 1.2 percent, sixth largest decline along with California, Mississippi and Missouri).