The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary showing that the employment picture is looking a little better when compared to 2007 levels.
I do find it interesting that DC’s unemployment rate has actually gotten worse, even though the Federal Government has been on a hiring spree the for the past three years:
Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in September. Twenty-five states recorded unemployment rate decreases, 14 states posted rate increases, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Thirty-eight states registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 10 states and the District of Columbia had increases, and 2 states experienced no change.
Nevada continued to report the highest unemployment rate among the states, 13.4 percent in September. California posted the next highest rate, 11.9 percent. North Dakota registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.5 percent, followed by Nebraska, 4.2 percent.
However, the report goes on to state that:
“Forty-six states recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.”
The fact that 46 states have seen little or no improvement over the last year is a reminder that the unemployment crisis is ongoing and more needs to be done.
Source: Calculated Risk