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State Unemployment Maps for April 2010 - Unemployment decreases in 34 States

The BLS released state and regional unemployment numbers today as well as information on mass layoffs.

In April, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 38 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 12 states.


18 states experienced statistically significant increases in employment; 4 states had statistically significant decreases in employment.

In April, 12 states recorded statistically significant unemployment rate decreases

This is actually some reasonably good news for the actual number of jobs increased, which implies less people are simply falling off the rolls and not being counted. Note the different between statistically significant and minor changes, so while the tile sounds great, it's actually only 18 states instead of 34.

State Unemployment Maps for January 2010 - Unemployment increases in 30 States

The January State and Regional Unemployment statistics were released today:

Thirty states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 9 states registered rate decreases, and 11 states had no rate change

state unemployment Jan. 2010Click on Map to Enlarge


Here is the monthly percent change map. Remember, this data is from January 2010, it's now March.

net change employment state map january 2010Click Map to Enlarge


State Unemployment Maps for August 2009 - Unemployment increases in 27 States

A picture is worth a 1000 words.

Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia reported over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 16 states registered rate decreases, and 7 states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the year, jobless rates increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The national unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent in August, up 0.3 percentage point from July and 3.5 points from August 2008.

The overall national unemployment rate is 9.7%. Only 8 states gained jobs, 42 states continue to lose jobs.

unemployment map August 2009
Src: BLS, Unemployment Rates, August 2009, click on the map to enlarge