March 10th, 2010
11:13 AM ET
8 years ago

State unemployment picture brightens

New York ( - A total of 30 states and Washington, D.C., reported rising unemployment rates in January, down from the number in the previous month, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Jobless rates decreased in nine states, according to the Labor Department's monthly report on state unemployment. Eleven states reported no change.

In December, 43 states reported monthy jobless rate increases.

Twenty-five states posted jobless rates lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.7% in January. Eleven states and Washington, D.C., reported rates higher than the national average, down from 17 states and Washington, D.C. posting rates higher than the national average of 10% in December.

The report said all 50 states had an unemployment rate in January that was higher than a year earlier.

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  1. Dutch

    I'm guessing you can call this bottoming out. I can't wait until summer when hiring usually trends to happen. I think alot of the stimulus money will be used in job creation this summer.

    March 10, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Wait until Obozo shoves his "punish the insurance industry reform and take care of all the dope addled deadbeats who voted for him" bill through. No one on the liberal side seems to want to answer how many jobs were lost due to the ill-thought out and ill-timed minimum wage bill that seems to have gone in to effect just weeks before the economy collapsed. Remember that was the big liberal power play that they made for the unions when they took over Congress in 2006. Liberals are committed to destroying this country, but they are not bright, just smarmy and elitist.

    March 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Mike

    "rising unemployment rates in January, down from the number in the previous month"

    An inconsistent statement!

    I think you mean to say, "falling unemployment rates!"

    Please check your logic before burdening the public!

    March 10, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "The report said all 50 states had an unemployment rate in January that was higher than a year earlier."

    And yet, the headline states "State Unemployment Picture Brightens".

    Wow... just wow. Some mighty impressive spin there, CNN.

    March 10, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Aunt Bea and Opie

    The severe winter weather had a lot to do with it.The sooner we get jobs to people the more the republicans will cry in their soup and we love their crying.They just hate our president and want all Americans to fail along with him just so they can get in office again.

    March 10, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Lady Dee

    Thanks to our beloved President.

    March 10, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. al in memphis

    For the people, this is good news in the right direction–still a lot of work to do.

    For the Republicans talking heads, this is bad news in the wrong direction–still a lot of work to stop progress so we can get back in power. And how this happen without starting a war.

    March 10, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Sadie

    Just think how many more states could be showing this increase if the Republicans would stop their stone walling and get to work instead of filabustering every thing........the GOP is what is holding this country back not the Democrats.......they don't want any progress for this country under President Obama so they can win elections in November and in 2012.......they are all about their PARTY not the country or the American people and putting people back to work, or getting Health Care Reform for the people who have no insurance, they aren't for Education, as long as they can afford to send their kids to College to Hell with the rest of us and our kids........After the Great Depression they had to create a lot of programs to help the people out and put the country back on it's feet, but we managed to get out from under that debt and we will do it come on Republicans quit the Scare and Fear tactics and stop dividing this country.........

    March 10, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. perryrants

    that is sooo funny.

    my county budget is about to be anounced next week. it will be rife with no hiring, furloughs and layoffs. not to mention no pay increases of any type. and it gets much much worse for 2012.

    And tthe state is worse shape.

    trickle down is going to become a killer mud slide.

    March 10, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Jack

    Gosh darn it. These Dems know what they're doing. Clinton inherited an economic disaster and turned the country around. Obama will do the same. It's a lot of work. The economy is a mess. It's always the Dems who have to fix the economy.

    March 10, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    Or maybe “reported rising unemployment rates in January, down from the number in the previous month,” indicate that the number of workers left to layoff is nearly zero.

    March 10, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. SocialismBad

    "State unemployment picture brightens"


    "The report said all 50 states had an unemployment rate in January that was higher than a year earlier."

    So what Obama lackey is writing these headlines???!!!

    March 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. terry,va.

    More made up numbers from a Chavez type government.

    March 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Smedley

    Hmmmm, employment picture brightens, thirty states report higher unemployment versus forty three a month ago. Yes a reduction in suffering of twenty five percent, a decline in the overall rate of people losing their jobs across twenty five percent more states than last month. Yes that is good news I can't figure out why more people don't watch CNN when they are offering such good news all of the time.

    March 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. HypocriCNNdignation!

    We're All Still A Long Way Off From Things Getting Back To Normal, And We'll Have Define What The New Normal Is If There Is A Normal At All.

    March 10, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Steve- Illinois

    You really had to stttrrreeeettttcccchhhhhhhh to make this look like something positive! WOW!!!

    March 10, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Marc

    awaitingliberalizationbyCNN – March 10th, 2010 11:57 am ET
    'No one on the liberal side seems to want to answer how many jobs were lost due to the ill-thought out and ill-timed minimum wage bill that seems to have gone in to effect just weeks before the economy collapsed.'


    Fact – The President NEVER denied that things would get worse before they got better. If he said otherwise he'll be calling the whole population of the USA a bunch of brain dead.
    Fact – Slowly, ever so slowly (unfortunately), the reversal of the big time major problems in the economy that he inherited from the previous presidency are being reflected on the unemployment.
    Could it be faster and therefore the majority of the states says that people are hiring instead of firing? Perhaps, but since there were economists that were predicting that the current government actions would only increase (exponencially) the % of unemployed people (and they are being proved DEAD WRONG), I give some credit to where its due.
    Could it better? It could, but at least it IS getting better (if only it wasn't so slow...).

    March 10, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. dave

    raising the minimum wag once every 10 years does not cause any lost jobs

    do you hav to wait ten years for a raise

    most states had their own minimums that were higher than the federal minimum anyway

    March 10, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    This news should make Rush & Jim DeMint unhappy.

    March 10, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Average Americans

    I refuse to believe the "sky is falling" warnings from the crazy right wingers. I don't know what you have against recovery, but we're moving ahead with our without you!

    March 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Marc

    Fair is Fair – where is the spin?
    Have you been reading about unemployment %?
    It's started to rise since the last months of 2008 when the current crisis begun. Only now, first half of 2010, is that the unemployment % is stablizing and starting to fall. So obviously the % today is bigger than one year ago.
    Therefore, where is the spin?

    March 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Jeff from Chicago

    worse than a year ago,...

    how is that good news, oh yeah, only 36,000 people lost their jobs last month


    Great job obummer.

    Just think what he can do with another year. So how does this affect the $3 trillion dollare deficit he projected that had unemployment under 8% and the economy growing in the high single digits.?

    Oh how oh how does he make up the revenue shortfall? Only so much money he can get from the rich.

    has to throw a damper on making that budget.

    Would be nice to have Reagan or Bush back right about now. Or at least anyone that knew what the heck they were doing other than campaigning.

    March 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Angie in PA

    Republicans will spin this of course, not taking into consideration they are mostly to blame for the mess we are in. They do not care if people are out of work they do not care if unemployment goes down and why BECAUSE THEY WANT THE PRESIDENT TO FAIL AND THEY WILL BRING US DOWN WITH HIM!

    March 10, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Dar

    The Labor Department generates the unemployment rate by conducting a monthly population survey and includes in the rate people who have actively searched for work in the past four weeks.

    Those who have given up on finding jobs are not counted in the unemployment rate, and the rate is not affected by the number of people who are eligible for, or have run out of jobless benefits.

    ?????????????????????????????????????? So what is the real number for the unemployment rate. If the above statement (by CNN) is true then when all the unemployed run out of their benifits, then they wont be counted and the rate will continue to fall even if no one finds a job.

    I wish someone in congress would stand up and tell us the truth.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 10, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Sue

    Can you just imagine what CNN would have titled this article if Bush was in office and the Republicans had power/control-–with numbers like these being reported????

    It definitely would not have been "State unemployment picture brightens'.

    CNN will gain back its success---when it finally realizes that the majority in the country are moderate to conservative--NOT the loony left.

    The loony left might fall for the lies/spin/manipulation of information/figures---but the Republicans and majority of Independents can see right through it.

    March 10, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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