Friday, October 21, 2011

State Unemployment Rates "little changed" in September

by Bill McBride on 10/21/2011 10:19:00 AM

From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in September. Twenty-five states recorded unemployment rate decreases, 14 states posted rate increases, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Thirty-eight states registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 10 states and the District of Columbia had increases, and 2 states experienced no change.
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Nevada continued to report the highest unemployment rate among the states, 13.4 percent in September. California posted the next highest rate, 11.9 percent. North Dakota registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.5 percent, followed by Nebraska, 4.2 percent.
The following graph shows the current unemployment rate for each state (red), and the max during the recession (blue). If there is no blue, the state is currently at the maximum during the recession.

State Unemployment Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

The states are ranked by the highest current unemployment rate.

Two states and D.C. are at 2007 recession highs: Arkansas (8.3%), D.C. (11.1%), and Texas (8.5%).

From the BLS: "Forty-six states recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier."

The fact that 46 states have seen little or no improvement over the last year is a reminder that the unemployment crisis is ongoing.