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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

State Unemployment Rates "slightly lower" in December

by Calculated Risk on 1/24/2012 10:55:00 AM

From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Regional and state unemployment rates were slightly lower in December. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, 3 states posted rate increases, and 10 states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-six states registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while four states and the District of Columbia experienced increases.
Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states, 12.6 percent in December. California posted the next highest rate, 11.1 percent. North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.3 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). Every state has some blue - indicating no state is currently at the maximum during the recession.

The states are ranked by the highest current unemployment rate. Only four states and the District of Columbia still have double digit unemployment rates. This is the fewest since early 2009. At the end of 2009, 18 states and D.C. had double digit unemployment rates.

All current employment graphs