Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, led by drops in California, West Virginia, New York and Hawaii.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in 17 states and were unchanged in eight.

Hiring has been steady nationwide, leading to a better job market in many areas of the country. Employers added jobs in 33 states last month.

Here are unemployment rates in May for each state, compared with April and a year earlier:

May 2013 April 2013 May 2012
Alabama 6.8 6.9 7.5
Alaska 5.9 5.9 7.1
Arizona 7.8 7.9 8.4
Arkansas 7.3 7.2 7.3
California 8.6 9 10.7
Colorado 6.9 6.9 8.2
Connecticut 8 8 8.4
Delaware 7.2 7.1 7.1
Florida 7.1 7.2 8.8
Georgia 8.3 8.2 9.1
Hawaii 4.7 4.9 6.1
Idaho 6.2 6.1 7.3
Illinois 9.1 9.3 8.9
Indiana 8.3 8.5 8.3
Iowa 4.6 4.7 5.3
Kansas 5.7 5.6 5.8
Kentucky 8.1 7.9 8.3
Louisiana 6.8 6.4 6.8
Maine 6.8 6.9 7.3
Maryland 6.7 6.5 6.8
Massachusetts 6.6 6.4 6.7
Michigan 8.4 8.4 9.2
Minnesota 5.3 5.3 5.7
Mississippi 9.1 9.2 9.1
Missouri 6.8 6.7 7
Montana 5.4 5.5 6.1
Nebraska 3.8 3.7 4
Nevada 9.5 9.6 11.5
New Hampshire 5.3 5.5 5.5
New Jersey 8.6 8.7 9.5
New Mexico 6.7 6.7 7
New York 7.6 7.8 8.6
North Carolina 8.8 8.9 9.5
North Dakota 3.2 3.3 3
Ohio 7 7 7.3
Oklahoma 5 4.9 5.1
Oregon 7.8 7.9 8.8
Pennsylvania 7.5 7.6 7.9
Rhode Island 8.9 8.8 10.6
South Carolina 8 8 9.3
South Dakota 4 4.1 4.4
Tennessee 8.3 8 8.1
Texas 6.5 6.4 7
Utah 4.6 4.7 5.8
Vermont 4.1 4 5
Virginia 5.3 5.2 5.9
Washington 6.8 7 8.4
Washington, D.C. 8.5 8.5 9.1
West Virginia 6.2 6.6 7.3
Wisconsin 7 7.1 7
Wyoming 4.6 4.8 5.5