Unemployment Looks Even Worse When Broken Down by State

The current unemployment picture is a disaster no matter how you slice it. However, unique and telling details emerge in a specific state-by-state analysis. The most tragic is that Florida, Nevada, and Rhode Island joblessness have all hit various record highs.

The overall, national unemployment rate ballooned to 9.8 percent, a 28-year high, in September. It also increased in 23 states, 14 of which had rates over 10%. The following is a rundown of some of the hardest hit states…

  • Michigan, at 15.3 percent, is still the nation’s unemployment capital. It’s the epicenter of the failed auto industry and it shows.
  • Nevada, at 13.3 percent, has the nation’s second-highest jobless rate.
  • Rhode Island, at 13 percent, was third.
  • Florida, at 11 percent, is at its highest rate since studies of unemployment data collection first started in 1976.
  • It’s not a state, but the District of Columbia, at 11.4 percent, is also having difficulty with joblessness. This one’s kind of a surprise given the federal government’s predilection for inventing as many well-paid and useless bureaucratic positions as possible.
  • Georgia’s unemployment rate did not go up, but remained at a high 10.1 percent.

It’s useful to take a deeper look behind the national statistics in order get a better sense of how the individual states are doing. It’s clear that at least a few of the hardest hit were some of the highest flying in their respective boom times. Many more specific are available in Bloomberg coverage of record highs in state-level unemployment.

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Rocky Vega is publisher of The Daily Reckoning. Previously, he was founding publisher of UrbanTurf and RFID Update, which he operated from Brazil, Chile, and Puerto Rico, and associate publisher of FierceFinance.

He specialized in direct marketing at MBI, facilitated MIT Sloan School of Management programs, and has been featured on CBS. Vega graduated with honors from Harvard University, where he was on the board of Let’s Go Publications and directed business programs involving McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, and Harvard Business School faculty. He is also enrolled at the Stockholm School of Economics.

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