Monday, August 19, 2013

BLS: State unemployment rates were "little changed" in July

by Bill McBride on 8/19/2013 10:16:00 AM

From the BLS: Jobless rates up in 28 states, down in 8 in July; payroll jobs up in 32 states, down in 17

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in July. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases, 8 states had decreases, and 14 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
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Nevada had the highest unemployment rate among the states in July, 9.5 percent. The next highest rate was in Illinois, 9.2 percent. North Dakota continued to have the lowest jobless rate, 3.0 percent.
State Unemployment Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows the current unemployment rate for each state (red), and the max during the recession (blue). All states are below the maximum unemployment rate for the recession.

The size of the blue bar indicates the amount of improvement - Michigan and Nevada have seen the largest declines and many other states have seen significant declines (California, Florida and more).

The states are ranked by the highest current unemployment rate. No state has double digit unemployment and the unemployment rate is at or above 9% in only two states: Nevada and Illinois, and Mississippi.  This is the fewest states with 9% unemployment since 2008.

State UnemploymentThe second graph shows the number of states with unemployment rates above certain levels since January 2006. At the worst of the employment recession, there were 9 states with an unemployment rate above 11% (red).

Currently only two states have an unemployment rate above 9% (purple), seventeen states above 8% (light blue), and 28 states above 7% (blue).

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