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Thursday, March 10, 2011

State Unemployment Rates generally unchanged in January

by Calculated Risk on 3/10/2011 05:25:00 PM

Earlier today from the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally unchanged in January. Twenty-four states recorded unemployment rate decreases, 10 states registered rate increases, and 16 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Nevada continued to register the highest unemployment rate among the states, 14.2 percent in January. The states with the next highest rates were California, 12.4 percent, and Florida, 11.9 percent. North Dakota reported the lowest jobless rate, 3.8 percent, followed by Nebraska and South Dakota, 4.2 and 4.7 percent, respectively.

One state, Colorado, set a new series high, 9.1 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.

The auto states - led by Michigan - seem to have seen the most improvement (blue area).

Seven states are still at the recession maximum (no improvement): Colorado (new high), Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, and Texas.