State Unemployment Figures Released

December 18, 2009 by Emsi Burning Glass

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled November unemployment rates today, and the numbers were a mixed bag from state to state. The national jobless rate dipped to 10.0% (from 10.2% in October) while 36 states and Washington, DC saw slight decreases.

Unemployment is higher than 12% in five states — Michigan, California, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Nevada. Since November 2008, Nevada has lost the most jobs (6.1%) followed by Wyoming and Michigan. Only DC has gained jobs in the last 12 months.

Since last month, Texas saw the largest increase (17,300 jobs) while Alaska had the largest percentage increase (0.5%).

Here is a chart comparing the US and Michigan: