Unemployment in Some States Near Record Highs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released data on regional and state unemployment for September. Jobless rates remain uneven. Nevada's unemployment rate hit another high, and Michigan remained in second place. Plains states, including the Dakotas and Nebraska, had rates under 5%.

"Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, 11 states registered rate increases, and 16 states had no rate change", the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said as it compared numbers to August figures. "Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia posted unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 16 states reported increases, and 5 states had no change."

The largest over-the-month employment decreases were in California (-63,500), New York (-37,600), Massachusetts (-20,900), and New Jersey (-20,200). The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in the District of Columbia (+16,500), North Carolina (+10,100), Illinois (+8,600), Pennsylvania (+7,200), and New Mexico (+7,100)

Nevada's unemployment rate was 14.4% followed by Michigan's at 13% and California at 12.4%. North Dakota had a 3.4% jobless rate followed by South Dakota at 4.4% and Nebraska at 4.4%.

The number are unlikely to improve much in the hardest hit states anytime soon, particularly as compared to national averages. In Nevada, the decline in the gaming industry and construction is not likely to improve. Home prices in some parts of the state are down 50% from their 2006 peak. Foreclosures and defaults are the highest in the country. Perhaps most vexing, construction workers in Nevada cannot migrate to other parts of the US to get jobs because the real estate and construction industries remain depressed nationwide. Some economists suggest that construction and manufacturing workers should be retrained for other jobs, but that process would take years.

Michigan is the best example of a state where manfacturing jobs have been gutted -- and will almost certainly never return. The hundreds of thousands of layoffs at the auto companies and support businesses are largely permanent, as troubled US automakers have cut production and improved the efficiency of their plant operations.

Unemployment nationwide may fall below 9% next year and 8% in 2012, but there is no ready solution that will bring it down in areas where the economic base of goods and services businesses -- the industries that support a large number of jobs -- are permanently damaged.

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Gorgeous

Do you really think the illegal tomato picker is the heart of the immigration problem? Wise up. The politicians want you to think that, they are easy to demonize. But think about this: The illegal tomato picker wasn’t educated in our schools for 13 years, graduated college and can’t get a job. I have not invested my tax money in him. He doesn’t have a job because some corporation chose to export the job or import the employee. Look at the numbers of h-1 visis for “professionals” we grant. Look how many corps outsource while getting governmental bailouts. Those corporate sponsored legal immigrants are taking away the real jobs, and our graduates have been costing us a lot. For us to be able to get a return on our investment into that US college graduate, he or she needs to get a job. The politician doesn’t want you to know that, because the corporation that sponsored that h-1 visa, is donating to his campaign, and that is true whether your politician is Republican, Democrat or Tea.

October 25 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
itala2

.......and the Republicans will fix this by getting rid of minimum wage so that the unemployed will be at the mercy of any wage the hiring businesses will find fit to offer. How will that work for us in a time where work is scarce and there is no magic bullitt that will make it a whole lot better in a short period of time? We might even join the ranks of third world countries getting paid a pittance for a day's work. Wholl will egulate that? Oh I forgot, deregulating everyone is the answer for our employment..........

October 25 2010 at 10:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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velociwrangler

Oh calm down, the Republicans aren't going to do away with minimum wage, as you've noted twice now. That is simply a NeoCom ploy, a scare tactic if you will. Sorta like "If you don't let us increase your taxes again, we'll have to lay off the police and fire department." Maybe we should try it your way, the Obama way and regulate the market and businesses in an increasing fashion until the last worker left can turn off the lights in America when they leave for their new job in China. Liberals....sheesh.

October 25 2010 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jerry

These reports are boggis. They don't include the people that have drawn out all of there unemployment, which is a hellava lot. The actual unemployment is probally about 20% or more. Our goverment must think we are stupid.

October 25 2010 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rwg310

You hit the nail right on the head

October 25 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dismayed

This is America's best chance to reverse course by voting for independents and republicans this November and again in 2012. Otherwise Obama will certainly redistribute through taxation any money you may have earned by the sweat of your brow. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. If allowed, Obama, Pelosi, Reed, Frank and other dim dems will continue to push tax and spend legislation down our throats. If republicans and independents don't do a good job, we can vote them out too.

October 25 2010 at 7:49 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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itala2

Yes...reverse course and go backwards to what you had........how can you even think that getting rid of minimum wage, Social Security and Medicare would be better for us? Have you not heard any of the debates or read anything this brand of Republicans is saying? How does de-regulating Wall street AGAIN help us.....no accountability for large business.....is that what we need? Bank of America, GE, CItigroup etc have paid $0 in taxes.........look it up and you want to keep them protected?

October 25 2010 at 9:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
toosmart4u

This whole depression was caused by the republicans. It is time to vote and who wants to return to this mess. I cannot believe people will vote republican to keep us in this mess.

October 25 2010 at 5:50 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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Iselin007

Make Walmart pay for heath Insurance and housing for their associates who they just happen to abuse and fire wrongfully

October 25 2010 at 5:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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cindy8556

Nobody forces people to work at Walmart. This is a free country, if employees are being mistreated they can quit. But they stay because most people who work there cannot find another job. Walmart is keeping people off welfare and unemployment. If you want to be really rich, go work on wall street.

October 25 2010 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

we can no longer allow retail to puash off their employess off on to assistance programs. Retail will have to be surcharged for low wages that cause poverty

October 25 2010 at 5:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

What they settle for may not be in the best interest of the American Dream, We saw what low wage retail jobs have done as a replacement for full time good wage jobs lost to outsourcing.

October 25 2010 at 5:12 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

The evil ones will continue to allow outsourcing by their ilk unless they alone are singled out and dispensed with as garbage is.

October 25 2010 at 5:04 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Procrastination allows for more time to stall . Off with the their heads!

October 25 2010 at 5:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply