ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Dakota had the highest employment–population ratio among the states in 2016, with 69.2 percent of the civilian working-age population employed. West Virginia had the lowest ratio at 50 percent.
Alaska at 61.7 percent and New Mexico at 53.7 percent both recorded their lowest employment–population ratios since the series began in 1976, according to the Bureau.
The employment–population ratio is the proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years of age and over who are employed.
The ratio for the country as a whole was 59.7 percent.