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Friday, October 19, 2012

State Unemployment Rates decreased in 41 States in September

by Calculated Risk on 10/19/2012 02:38:00 PM

From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in September. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, six states posted rate increases, and three states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states, 11.8 percent in September. Rhode Island and California posted the next highest rates, 10.5 and 10.2 percent, respectively. North Dakota again registered 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 - obviously Michigan and Ohio have seen the most improvement - New Jersey and New York are the laggards.

The states are ranked by the highest current unemployment rate. Only three states still have double digit unemployment rates: Nevada, Rhode Island, and California. In early 2010, 18 states and D.C. had double digit unemployment rates.

I expect the unemployment rate in California to fall below 10% very soon.

All current employment graphs

Earlier on Existing Home Sales:
Existing Home Sales in September: 4.75 million SAAR, 5.9 months
Existing Home Sales: A few comments and NSA Sales Graph
Existing Home Sales graphs