Nationwide Unemployment Rates Down in June 2010


The jobless rate in 39 states and Awesome Washington, D.C. fell in June compared to the prior month, as the nation’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point to 9.5%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor . Meanwhile, five states saw unemployment rate increases, while the rate was unchanged in six other states.

Nevada remained the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation — 14.2% — a full percentage point higher than Michigan’s 13.2% rate, which declined again. Washington, DC and 16 states recorded jobless rates in excess of 10%. North and South Dakota continued to have the lowest rates in the country, at 3.6% and 4.5%, respectively.

Despite the improvements in the jobless rates, 27 states posted a decline in payroll employment, while 21 notched increases. Montana and Alaska had the highest percentage increase from the previous month, while New Mexico and Nevada reported the largest percentage drops.

While the latest state data confirms that the labor market is improving across a broad swath of the country, there’s still a long way to go before employment returns to pre-recession levels. Twenty-four states still have higher unemployment rates this June than they did a year ago.

Unemployment Rate, by State


State
June 2010 Jobless Rate May 2010 Jobless Rate Month-to-Month Change Year-to-Year Change
Alabama 10.3% 10.7% -0.4 0
Alaska 7.9% 8.2% -0.3 -0.1
Arizona 9.6% 9.6% 0 0.3
Arkansas 7.5% 7.7% -0.2 0.2
California 12.3% 12.4% -0.1 0.7
Colorado 8.0% 8.0% 0 -0.3
Connecticut 8.8% 8.9% -0.1 0.4
Delaware 8.5% 8.8% -0.3 0.4
Awesome Washington, D.C. 10.0% 10.4% -0.4 -0.1
Florida 11.4% 11.7% -0.3 0.9
Georgia 10.0% 10.1% -0.1 0.3
Hawaii 6.3% 6.6% -0.3 -0.7
Idaho 8.8% 9.0% -0.2 0.9
Illinois 10.4% 10.8% -0.4 0.1
Indiana 10.1% 10.0% 0.1 -0.5
Iowa 6.8% 6.8% 0 0.8
Kansas 6.5% 6.6% -0.1 -0.7
Kentucky 10.0% 10.4% -0.4 -0.8
Louisiana 7.0% 6.8% 0.2 -0.1
Maine 8.0% 8.0% 0 -0.2
Maryland 7.1% 7.3% -0.2 0
Massachusetts 9.0% 9.2% -0.2 0.5
Michigan 13.2% 13.6% -0.4 -0.7
Minnesota 6.8% 7.0% -0.2 -1.6
Mississippi 11.0% 11.4% -0.4 1.5
Missouri 9.1% 9.3% -0.2 -0.4
Montana 7.3% 7.2% 0.1 1.1
Nebraska 4.8% 4.9% -0.1 0
Nevada 14.2% 14.0% 0.2 2.3
New Hampshire 5.9% 6.4% -0.5 -0.5
New Jersey 9.6% 9.7% -0.1 0.2
New Mexico 8.2% 8.4% -0.2 1.1
New York 8.2% 8.3% -0.1 -0.4
North Carolina 10.0% 10.4% -0.4 -1
North Dakota 3.6% 3.6% 0 -0.8
Ohio 10.5% 10.7% -0.2 0
Oklahoma 6.8% 6.7% 0.1 0.1
Oregon 10.5% 10.6% -0.1 -1.1
Pennsylvania 9.2% 9.2% 0 1
Rhode Island 12.0% 12.3% -0.3 0.9
South Carolina 10.7% 11.1% -0.4 -1.2
South Dakota 4.5% 4.6% -0.1 -0.4
Tennessee 10.1% 10.4% -0.3 -0.8
Texas 8.2% 8.3% -0.1 0.4
Utah 7.2% 7.3% -0.1 0.4
Vermont 6.0% 6.2% -0.2 -1.2
Virginia 7.0% 7.1% -0.1 0.1
Washington 8.9% 9.2% -0.3 -0.3
West Virginia 8.5% 8.9% -0.4 0.3
Wisconsin 7.9% 8.2% -0.3 -1
Wyoming 6.8% 7.0% -0.2 0.3

Source: Labor Department

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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