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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State Unemployment Rates decreased in 37 States in October

by Calculated Risk on 11/20/2012 11:05:00 AM

From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in October. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, seven states posted rate increases, and six states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states, 11.5 percent in October. Rhode Island and California posted the next highest rates, 10.4 and 10.1 percent, respectively. North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.1 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 Ohio have seen the most improvement - New Jersey, Connecticut 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, although New Jersey might hit double digits because of Hurricane Sandy.

All current employment graphs

Earlier on Housing Starts:
Housing Starts increased to 894 thousand SAAR in October
Starts and Completions: Multi-family and Single Family
All Housing Investment and Construction Graphs