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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Unemployment Still 9.6 But 27 States See Jobless Increases

(Graph from Trading Economics)

Bureau of Labor Statistics with their Economic News Release for September 21, 2010.

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in August. Twenty-seven states recorded unemployment rate increases, 13 states registered rate decreases, and 10 states and the District of Columbia had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia posted unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 21 states reported increases, and 3 states had no change. The national jobless rate was about unchanged in August at 9.6 percent and also little different from a year earlier (9.7 percent).

Also keep in mind that number is actually higher when people who haven't actively looked for a job, but were still unemployed are added in. That aspect is explained here.

Areas still above the national average in August for unemployment are:

Arizona- 9.7%
California- 12.4%
D.C.- 9.9%
Florida- 11.7%
Georgia- 10.0%
Illinois- 10.1%
Indiana- 10.2%
Kentucky- 10.0%
Michigan- 13.1%
Mississippi- 10.0%
Nevada- 14.4%
North Carolina- 9.7%
Oregon- 10.6%
Rhode Island- 11.8%
South Carolina- 11.0%

Data obtained from Bureau of Labor Statistics on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics page.