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. Indiana Voter

    This is because of the failed policies of the Democrat party that started back in 2006 when they took over congress. Unfortunately for the country, Democrats are too stupid to figure that out and continue on their destructive ways. Voters are starting to do the right thing though, by voting out Democrats from public office.

    January 22, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Capt. Snarky

    The Democratic leadership, and this Adminstration understand full well how America's economic engine works – they do. It's just that they view it as an "unjust" system, because it allows some to make (ownership) to make more profit than others (workers). They can't handle the fact that this system requires that ownership have more power/control than the workers. I find it funny that there's this issue with them regarding "haves/have nots" as in nearly every case, the Dems are "haves".......

    January 22, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    How can this be? Everything is just fine with the economy. Ask Obama.

    January 22, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. cesmess

    The funny thing is that you call tell a lot about how a person votes by going to the super store
    _idependents are the ones that go aisle by aisle picking up stuff and putting stuff back as they get somthing else-when they get to the checkout they are the ones that ask the clerk for a running total and have the clerk sutract and add items until they get comfortable with the price or what they think the merchadise should be worth. Meanwhile everyone behind them has to wait until they make up their minds. (And they never seem to do)
    _conservatives are the ones that drive up in a nice car and fancy clothes-they are the ones that look for the generic stuff and only get brand names unless they are on sale or can get them cheaper. they are the ones that pull out a stack of coupons when they get to the cash resgister and still complain about the price, service, and quality. while the rest up us behind them have to wonder and listen why they cant just pay up and shut up.
    _liberal are the one that know what they want and they get what they want without looking at the price and pay with whatever means posible.

    More liberal more money goes around and business prospers.....

    January 22, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Bedtime for Obonzo

    So unemployment went down in the fall, and now it's headed up again, on the Beloved Leaders watch. Please explain to me, libs, how this recent event is GWB's fault.

    January 22, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. eric in Denver

    Get rid of Obama and the rest of the Spendocrats before it is too late; which it may already be.

    January 22, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Tom L.


    Just because you think that bailouts, increased unemployment and the government being "daddy" is progress, many people don't think of that as progress at all.

    In fact, we look at it as a fundamental shift from how this country was founded and what it stands for. The Democrats consistent class warfare is just sad and pathetic.

    January 22, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Bpin

    Question? Where are the jobs going to come from? We cannot compete in industry or manufacturing. Folks are not buying cars or electronics. It does us no good to create more government jobs. Retail is suffering and continuing to layoff folks. Where are all these folks going to get jobs? Healthcare has jobs availble, but most require specialized skills. Where is the blue collar worker going to go? Well, government assistance may be the most popular way to find a career. BHO is working hard to put as many on it as possible.

    January 22, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Carl from MI

    The mass destruction caused by the Bush Administration seams to keep on rolling and rolling...

    Bush and the Republicans destroyed the economy. Now Republicans claim they are the only ones to fix the economy they destroyed? What a joke....

    January 22, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Jimmy James

    Obama , Pelosi and Reid wasted a year trying to force Cap and Trade and Healthcare reform when the problem has been the economy and jobs. Hopefully they will do something now. We don't need another stimulus. There is still over 500 billion sitting unspent from his first. Clinton got it right. "It's the economy stupid". Obama, please follow Clintons lead and turn to the center. Actually be bipartisan like you campaigned for. You still have support from Americans but it won't last long if you don't make stuff happen. Bush never had the majority you have. You had a super majority for a year and got nothing done because it was too far to the left. I still think you can do it but if you don't you will lose in 2012. You can't save the Democrats this fall. Save yourself and more importantly , save us, the citizens of this country.

    January 22, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. A President outsourced.....

    Unemployment..? not the only thing outsourced...Obama handed over his Leadership to Pelosi and Reid and only kept his speaking engagements...the proof is in the pudding, just count all the speaches
    Obama made all over the world...Pehaps his real interest was not to lead this great country but to be first in something....

    Next time America if yoou want a true and strong leader pay attention
    not how a canditate preaches but how they commit to the country.

    .................................................country first.............................................

    January 22, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Grundoon

    Boner (yes intended the missspelling) had a absoplute hissy FIT when Obama annouced he wanted to use TARP return money for creating jobs. And MA let the GOP have another Senate seat back. Unbelievable!!

    January 22, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Wisconsonite

    All of you who are using this, like everything else, as a chance to slam President Obama . . . .PLEASE offer your thoughts on what you think the solution is. I get really sick of the insults and degrading comments about our President, but would sincerely be interested in what you think he should be doing instead. Specifics please!

    January 22, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Wisconsonite

    "Maybe holiday extras were laid off after Christmas"

    Good point!

    January 22, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. John in WV

    10 years ago, you could hear this same crap about another democratic president that created jobs and left the republican party with low unemployment and a record surplus. The republicans did such a good job that they were voted out of the house and senate. 2 years later, they were voted out of the White House by a big majority and left Obama with 2 wars, record unemployment and debt, and the worst recession since the great depression. Why don't the republicans just admit that they are mad as hell because they lost and will except nothing less than Obama's complete failure?

    January 22, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. rd

    I'm surprised I don't see any comments on here blaming this on Bush. That's usually the libs' first line of defense. I agree with Silence Dogoode. We need to get people back to work first and then come up with a healthcare bill that won't scare businesses from hiring people like the one they've been trying to jam through has done.

    January 22, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    Quite frankly, we in America deserve the dysfunctional government we have inherited.

    From the lunatics on the Right who support the disruptive Republicans, to the fickle voters of the middle who are responsible for keeping the legislature always of balance (just look at Connecticut and Massachusetts – two states where voters cut off their noses to spite their faces. First with Lieberman, then with this yokel from the Right), to the extreme liberals on the Left – we can't get anything done!

    We have in hand the best and smartest President this country has seen in over 30 years, and what do we do? We moan and then take away the tools he needs to succeed.

    My opinion? You reap what you sow America – eat crow!

    January 22, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. nick

    Get it straight people! The Regean policy of free trade is solely responsible for this mess: NOT THE DEMOCRATS! True, Bill Clinton did jump on the "dribble down" band wagon, but it was Regean and Bush that really pushed it. Now, if one can buy labor for $7.00 a day in China without any extras (i.e., safety nets) he'll buy labor in China because paying an American worker will Cost him close to $9.00/hour plus extras: $7/72 = 9.7% . So it cost a businessman nearly over 10-times more money to buy American labor: the math is simple and so are you if you think anyone in their right mind would pass it buy especially when the goods come to American shores without duty. Thus the joblessness is here to stay and you can thank RWR & GHWB for that! It took 20-years to move the factories to China and elsewhere so they won't be coming back anytime soon.

    January 22, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Connie Brighten

    The POTUS and his administration are very anti-profit. Why would any company expose their profit-making in this atmosphere by hiring people? Get that POTUS out of there and now, before all we have left is welfare paid by the Chinese taxpayers.

    January 22, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Spencer

    The dems have been consentrating on the wrong issue. It has always been jobs! They think they are so superior in knowledge that they do not listen to the people. They seem to think they know better what we need and how we need it, than we do. They have wasted month and dollars on the wrong issue. If they had focused on the economy and jobs and put as much effort into the economy and jobs we would be months ahead in solving this issue.

    January 22, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Jeff from Chicago

    Every month things get worse. His policies are all wrong. His arrogance is sickening, his apologies are disheartening to americans,

    Obummer needs to stop messing with the free markets and let them correct themselves. Hasn't he learned anything from history? Wasn't this supposed to be an intelligent president?

    If he can't turn this around he will go down as the worse president ever, something he has a tremendous head start on accomplishing.

    I guess this proves the theory that community organizing doesn't transfer well into being a leader.

    January 22, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Connie

    Construction workers and other outdoor employees always get laid off in the winter. Who are they trying to kid?

    January 22, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Here's the hypocrisy, when brown won they said the market was gonna shoot up. Istead it dropped tremendously, why aren't they talking about that. From what i see they want the repigs back in power i hope President Obama get all what he want's to accomplish while he's in office good or bad.

    January 22, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. NotFooledTX

    Why is joblessness in the states not more of a states issue? Seems like everybody wants to be bailed out the the federal government – then the citizenry screams from the other side of their mouths for the feds to stay out. You can't have it both ways. If the local government was on the ball and diverse in building their local economies, they would be fairing better. When does the responsibility fall on local leadership?

    January 22, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. ICARE

    To awaitingmoderator CNN

    Patience, perseverance, understanding and constant reminding our government of the 'right thing' to do is what we need right now.

    Obama isnt the problem. He has to fight with the trillionnaires, Congress and every crazy individuals in America.

    The good thing about Obama is if there is a problem, he tries to find a sotutions. Bottomline, he can change and tweak to make it better. That's the type of man we need.

    Not the ones that KEEPS SAYING 'NO' TO EVERYTHING...

    January 22, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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