January 22nd, 2010
11:42 AM ET
8 years ago

State jobless rates on the rise

New York (CNNMoney.com) - A total of 43 states reported rising jobless rates in December, reversing signs of improvement seen the month before, according to a government report released Friday.

Overall, jobless rates increased in those states and the District of Columbia last month and fell in four states, according to the Labor Department's monthly report on state unemployment. Three states reported no change.

In November, 36 states reported a monthly decrease in the unemployment rate.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. stormerF

    Obama,keeps attacking the banks,and still it does nothing to fix the bad mortgages which congress pushed the banks to make ,backed by Fannie Mae abd Freddie Mac. If he would just get the hell out of the way and let the banks fail, as some have they would get their business fixed,without the government intervention....He could start looking at te Auto industry for some payback of the billions we gave them on a BRIDGE LOAN.... He is wasting his time in Ohio it is a Union state and new businesses will stay away from states where they have to pay Union wages for slackers.

    January 22, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Greg Pottstown PA

    Just watch Obama start to move to the center to save his job. The stimulus failed and we have to pay for it. Now the Hc bill is dead and Obama wants another stimulus. This one he actually intends to spend on job creation. Remember the first one was going to save or create 4 million jobs but hasn't even created 400.000. If he had given tat money to small companies as tax breaks he may have actually reached his goal.

    January 22, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. The Other Michael in Houston

    You people have it all wrong, there are jobs out there, plenty, but people need to qualify themselves for those jobs. For us that decided to go to college, get a degree, we are doing great, it is those who do not have a decent education that are suffering. Furthermore, when you got companies like Whirlpool exporting all of thier jobs to Mexico because people in Mexico ae willing to make less than half of what the entitlelist American worker is demanding, than who is at fault, the Government or the company itself. Plus, most of those people who are whining the loudest live beyond their means.

    January 22, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. 5,000,000 new jobs promised

    At the height of the campaign, Obama promised to create 5,000,000 (that's million for you Democrats with no sense of numbers). He has steadily decreased that number, and when he realized he was going to lose jobs and not create any, he started blaming Bush, even though his Party controlled the House for the last two uears of the bush years.

    President Clinto called Obama a "fairy tale" during the campaign with zero substance. Bill got that one right.

    Four and the door Mr President.
    One and done.
    Fool us once shame on us; fool us twice, shame on you

    January 22, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Future expat

    Hey! All you teabaggers who are blaming this 100% on Obama:


    And when you reply "tax cuts and deregulation" and other GOP platitudes, explain how this time will be different.

    January 22, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Mike

    Place the blame where it belongs, nobama's economic policy. OH WAIT. He does not have an economic policy except tax and spend.

    January 22, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    A Lesson in American History:

    In 1981 & 1982, we had "Twin Recessions" very tough times. We survived.

    In 1983, during REAGAN America's UNemployment rate was......... 10%!

    The Great Recession did not START UNDER OBAMA, IT STARTED IN 2007 UNDER BUSH!

    January 22, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Ready for 2012

    Thanks a lot Obama. Where are all the jobs you created? And I mean real jobs not those fantasy "green jobs".

    January 22, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Steph

    The job losses started back in 2008...so everyone who wants to blame Obama for our current economic crises needs to step away from the table. You are idiots. Job loss always continues after a recession officially ends. Please review the jobs data from the recession in the early 1980's.

    January 22, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. DAVE

    looks like your the only one still drinking the koolaid Randall

    January 22, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Brim

    Welcome to the Obama economy. Get out of his way so he can push through healthcare and raise the debt ceiling to waste more $$.

    January 22, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't know the answers, let alone the solutions to putting this country back on track.

    Is good that our prez finally got a wake up call in the Mass Senate election, considering he finally realized what's going on. But is too late, way too late.

    Do I regret what I've said before about our Prez? No I don't, I'm more worried about being a dynasty than anything else and who knows, maybe something miraculous can happen. But as of now, this Administration can arguably be the biggest blunder in American politicis in my lifetime.

    Maybe some of the American people were right, he is like a Carter but worse.

    January 22, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Showtime - Tampa

    phoenix86 – exactly correct! The threat of increased business and personal taxes posed by BHO (with Cap & Trade, HC Tax, 01-03 tax cuts expiration, etc) has caused us to not hire any new full-time folks, even though we could use them!

    January 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Gee, maybe if we had a not-for-profit, single payer healthcare system like the rest of the world, our businesses would have enough money to hire people and we could compete with the rest of the world. But that would be socialism, right? have a nice day!

    January 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Not all Obama's fault., but the over burdening taxes on JOB CREATORS is self-defeating! Taxes will flow when people have JOBS! We are chasing JOB CREATORS into the arms of foreign countries! Until there is a change of attitude in DC, there will be no change on main street! Crazy to believe new taxes and fees on banks will make things better. They will be passed on to you and me! In another words, more taxes on the backs of the people!

    January 22, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. joe kiloz

    The number of people who could be employed is17%, that's the real number of unemploymnet. So what does the White House do ? Hit the banks in their pockets and regulate them some more.

    I ask , who believes this will spurn more lending, reduce bank fees and inspire bank hiring ?

    While non-goverment employment is off the page, the number of government employees in Californai has actually grown. It's not uncommmon for past and present government retirees to make $6,000 per month in retirement benefits. Current government employees enjoy yearly salaries typically beginning at $60,000.00 per year. Police and Firefighters in the meantime make $100,000.00, and a few of them are in the $200,000.00 club. Some of them work 3-4 days only on 10 hour shifts.

    Is this the prescription governement has for a recovery ? If so, WE ARE ALL DOOMED TO A DEPRESSION.

    January 22, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    How will Obama and the Democrats spin this? Can't be the fault of them or the stimulus that they claim has worked beyond all expectations. My guess is they will try to spin it as Bush's fault somehow.
    The more Obama talks and the longer Obama and the Dems are in power the more apparent it is that they have no grasp of the situation. The people have figured it out.
    Obama and Pelosi and Reid are going to hold to their liberal progressive views and go down with the ship. They will continue to believe the American people are really too stupid to know what is best for them. They will continue to live in denial that the stimulus has failed and they will try and double down with stimulus 2 which would only be more failure and increase the defiict.
    I don't think the trio will get enough Blue Dogs to vote for their bills anymore. The liberal progressive Obama, Pelosi and Reid party is over whether they care to admit it or not. They may be too delusional to even know it.

    January 22, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. The One

    Blame Bush! And don't forget to blame 30 years of Reagan. Blame the GNoP and forget that Democrats control Congress, with bigger majorities than Bush or Reagan ever had. Forget the promise that unemployment would remain under 8% if we passed an $800 billion stimulus program super-quickly without real debate. Forget those shovel-ready jobs. Now that's Change We Can Believe In!
    Yes we can!

    January 22, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Bill

    The homeless rate will rise in the US if the congress does not extend unemployment benfit

    January 22, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Right Leaning Independent

    Warren Buffet(who I was surprised to see endorse Obama) came out yesterday and said that "we need to get money in people's pockets. The first stimulus plan did not do that very well". Of course not, it went to fund Obama pet projects and backers! Yesterday Buffet also came out against the bank tax Obama is proposing. Obama is losing the backing of his supporters with his anti business agenda. He has not figured out that Businesses not Government create JOBS!

    January 22, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. enough already

    Apparently, the only jobs saved were statisticians'.

    January 22, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Linda

    And if McCain had been elected unemployment would be 0, we would have world peace, democrats and republicans would be one big happy family and H1N1 wouldn't exist.

    January 22, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Mike in MN

    I think soon the American people will start to connect some dots with the Democrats being in charge when the recission started and the financial disaster hit. When the Dems took over congress in 2006 there was no recession or financial criss. They did or said nothing to warn about or stop either while they were in charge. When they hit, with the help of the media, they blamed it all on Bush and failed Repbulican policies. And the two biggest deficits in history up till then occured in 2007 and 2008 with Dems in control of congress and spending. Now the American people are seeing that the Dems policies are not making things better as promised and the spending and deficits just keep going up. The dots are being conected.

    January 22, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. joe smith

    we hear the staff of the conan o'brien show (200 ) will be out of work too..we understand many vacancies still exist in the new administration in washington..perhaps these 200 funny people would fit right in..we need some levity, agree..

    January 22, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. ForThePeople

    Of course they're on the rise! This has been the case for the past year. Don't believe me, ask the 4.3 million people who have lost their jobs in the last year. Just because there is month or so where the rate of increasing unemployment isn't the same doesn't mean all of a sudden, things are looking up. Bottom line, the jobs expected to be created in the stimulus packages have yet to manifest themselves.

    I give credit to the President to want to go to Ohio and have a face to face with "Main Street" and ordinary citizens who are enduring many trials and tribulations. But unless he takes those idiots, Pelosi and Ried, with him, Congress will still continue to impede and counter the President's good intentions of a more fiscally responsible and transparent government. In fact, save the jet fuel for Air Force One. Main Street is making their voices heard and everyone knows that they are even more dissatisfied then they were a year ago. Just walk down to Capitol Hill and scold Pelosi and Reid for not listening to Main Street and tell them to start implementing constructive legislation that will meet the people's needs.

    January 22, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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