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The Rundown Of State Unemployment

- September 21, 2012

In August, The Unemployment Rate Rose Or Remained The Same In 38 States. “Twenty-six states recorded unemployment rate increases, 12 states and the District of Columbia posted rate decreases, and 12 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Iowa

In August, Iowa Lost 400 Jobs As The Unemployment Rate Increased From 5.3 Percent To 5.5 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

In August, 8,892 Workers In Iowa Dropped Out Of The Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Iowa Lost 1,700 Construction Jobs And 900 Manufacturing Jobs In August. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Michigan

In August, Michigan Lost 6,800 Jobs As The Unemployment Rate Increased From 9.0 Percent To 9.4 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Michigan’s Economy “Turned Back The Clock” In August, As The Unemployment Rate Rose To 9.4 Percent. “The Michigan economy turned back the clock during August, bouncing the state unemployment rate to its highest level since November. The jump from July's jobless rate of 9 percent to 9.4 percent for August marked the fourth straight month the rate has increased after posting 12 straight months where unemployment was flat or declined.” (Brian J. O’Connor, “Michigan Jobless Rate Climbs Again To 9.4%,” The Detroit News, 9/20/12)

  • PNC Bank Economist Kurt Rankin: “Michigan Has Been Losing More Employees Since The Middle Of The Year Than The Labor Force Has Been Dropping.” “‘Michigan has been losing more employees since the middle of the year than the labor force has been dropping,’ says Kurt Rankin, an economist with PNC Bank. ‘That's probably the worst of all worlds in terms of what drives the unemployment rate up in the state.’” (Brian J. O’Connor, “Michigan Jobless Rate Climbs Again To 9.4%,” The Detroit News, 9/20/12)

In August, 2,556 Workers In Michigan Dropped Out Of The Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Nevada

In August, Nevada Lost 1,000 Jobs As The Unemployment Rate Increased From 12.0 Percent To 12.1 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Nevada Lost 1,100 Construction Jobs In August. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

New Hampshire

In August, New Hampshire Lost 600 Jobs As The Unemployment Rate Increased From 5.4 Percent To 5.7 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

In August, 1,847 Workers In New Hampshire Dropped Out Of The Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

North Carolina

In August, North Carolina’s Unemployment Rate Increased From 9.6 Percent To 9.7 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

North Carolina’s Job Situation “Worsened” In August, As The State’s Unemployment Rate Increased To 9.7 Percent. “The jobs situation in North Carolina worsened in August, increasing slightly to 9.7 percent from 9.6 percent in July.” (“N.C Unemployment Rate Climbs To 9.7 Percent,” WRAL, 9/21/12)

  • “North Carolina Continues To Have One Of The Worst Jobless Rates In The Country.” “North Carolina continues to have one of the worst jobless rates in the country. Nationally, unemployment stood at 8.1 percent last month.” (“N.C Unemployment Rate Climbs To 9.7 Percent,” WRAL, 9/21/12)

North Carolina’s Comprehensive Unemployment Rate Is 17.5 Percent, Making It The Fourth-Hardest Hit State In The Country. “Though beginning to show slow improvement, North Carolina’s latest comprehensive unemployment rate of 17.5% makes it the fourth-hardest-hit state in the country. That’s North Carolina’s so-called U6 rate, which factors in the official jobless number in addition to part-time workers who would rather be working full time and “discouraged” workers not included in the announced monthly unemployment tallies.” (Adam O’Daniel, “NC ‘Underemployment’ Rate 17.5%,” Charlotte Business Journal, 9/21/12)

  • “More Than 400,000 People In North Carolina Want To Work But Don't Have Jobs.” (“Jobless, Candidates Look To NC Unemployment Rate,” The Associated Press, 9/21/12)

North Carolina Lost 3,400 Construction Jobs And 2,300 Manufacturing Jobs In August. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Ohio

In August, Ohio Lost 2,000 Jobs As The Unemployment Rate Remained At 7.2 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

In August, 19,075 Workers In Ohio Dropped Out Of The Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Pennsylvania

In August, Pennsylvania Lost 1,200 Jobs As The Unemployment Rate Increased From 7.9 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Pennsylvania “Lost Ground” In August, As Its Unemployment Rate Increased To 8.1 Percent.  “After spending four years and three months with a better unemployment rate than the rest of the nation, Pennsylvania lost ground in August, matching the national unemployment rate at 8.1 percent.” (Ann Belser, “Jobless Rate In Pa. Creeps Up To 8.1%,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/21/12)

In August, 3,503 Workers In Pennsylvania Dropped Out Of The Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Pennsylvania Lost 3,300 Construction Jobs In August. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Virginia

In August, Virginia Lost 12,400 Jobs As The Unemployment Rate Remained At 5.9 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

In August, 12,097 Workers In Virginia Dropped Out Of The Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Virginia Lost 2,600 Construction Jobs And 2,100 Manufacturing Jobs In August. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Wisconsin

In August, Wisconsin’s Unemployment Rate Increased From 7.3 Percent To 7.5 Percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

In August, 6,688 Workers In Wisconsin Dropped Out Of The Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)

Wisconsin Lost 4,500 Manufacturing Jobs In August. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/21/12)


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