September 21st, 2010
11:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Jobs picture gets worse in 27 states

New York (CNNMoney.com) - The national unemployment rate may have only ticked up slightly in August, but on a state-by-state basis, the jobs picture continues to look a lot more grim in places like Nevada, Michigan and California.

A total of 27 states reported higher unemployment rates in August, nearly double the 14 that saw increases in July, the Labor Department said in its monthly report on state unemployment Tuesday.

While the rate remained at 9.6% for the country as a whole, Nevada, Michigan and California have consistently racked up rates above 12%.


Nevada had the worst rate for the fourth month in a row, at a record high of 14.4%, up from 14.3% in July. Michigan followed with 13.1% unemployment, unchanged from the prior rate, and California was third with a 12.4% rate, an increase from 12.3% in July.

After Kentucky and Georgia joined the list, 13 states had unemployment rates above 10% in August, as opposed to 11 the previous month.

The jobless rates fell in 13 states, as opposed to 18 that saw decreases in July. Ten states and the District of Columbia had no rate change.

North Dakota remained the state with the lowest unemployment, posting a 3.7% rate, followed by South Dakota with 4.5% and Nebraska with 4.6%.


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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Snow

    obama continues his attempt to tax the small businesses that employ more than 70 percent of the working people and people wonder where are the jobs. Only a liberal would expect a business to expand and add workers when the business does not know what new taxes are coming and a health care deformity getting ready to hammer them with more costs for employees health care. November cannot get here fast enough and we start on 2012.

    September 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Tom

    Gee, and here the National Association of Keynesian Fairy Tale Tellers has declared that the recession ended in June of 2009. Must be a mis-print or either all these folks really aren't unemployed.

    September 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Sam

    I am sure Indian job employment doesn't as bleaker :-) (I am from India, and yes, I still have major issues that jobs are going overseas, because my life is here now). Shame on all the corporate honchos who made those decisions and contributed to this situation.

    September 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. DagnyTag

    BO and his "elite" group of corporate socialists see your paycheck as their private property. This nightmare needs to end NOW!

    September 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    Don't worry! If we just spend another $3 TRILLION to repave every road in sight, we'll all be just fine. THIS is the Obozo solution. How's all that dopey hopey change workin' out for you?!

    September 21, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Diane

    What make you people think that Obama and his team can clean up eight years of Bush's mess in just two years. Give the man a chance!
    You gave Bush 8yrs and you only want to give Obama 2yrs? PEOPLE THINK!

    September 21, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Eric

    Elections have consequences, kids.
    Maybe you can eat your HopenChange, hmm?

    September 21, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Vancouver, WA resident

    I thought we are out of recision? Isn't this what was in the news days ago and what Whitehouse administration had been broadcasting? I guess, only the politicians are out from recision because they have the American's people money in stash for them to spend like stimulus east, west, north and south end. These politicians fly in jets to party and campaign using tax payers hard-earned money to pay the wasteful bills.
    This government truly confuses a mere American citizen like me. Tire of being fooled right in my face.

    September 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Lucas

    No surprise that Nevada, Michigan and California all went for Obama in the Presidential election. They all top the list in unemployment..

    September 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. katiec

    Jobs will not improve until after this next election.
    Big business is in bed with the republicans in wanting the American people to see no improvement to try and regain power, win at any cost.
    They are playing games with the survival of us and our country.
    They all are a disgrace and we most certainly do not want a political party to regain power that is so willing to sell us out.

    September 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. jim

    But they told us that the recession ended in June 2009..Seems like to me we are going deeper into the hole. Obama and his people are blowing smoke and many in his own party are inhaling it.

    September 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Heck of a job, Obama. Heck of a job.

    September 21, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Orlando Patriot

    Surprise Surprise Surprise!! When you have a Community Organizer with no PRIVATE SECTOR experience as president of COURSE you will have a declining economy. How does a business grow when the policies of this president do EVERYTHING to create uncertainty and hurt business? And you wonder why this economy has gotten so much worse since the Democrats took control of Congress in Jan 2007 and Obama became president in Jan 2009?

    So how is that "Hope and Change" working out for you?

    September 21, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Tiffani

    You coundn't tell there's so many people out of work by looking at everybody at all these football games and full hotel rooms every weekend!

    September 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Hunter of the lib hunter

    This is definitely good news for the republicans who refused to support any job creation bills. Republican/McCarthyism/Baggers love to see Americans suffer, as it makes them look good and makes them feel superior.

    September 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. USN

    But But obama said we turned the corner and his policies are sound and the economy is improving and taxes are going up to pay for new jobs and and and and and

    September 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Jerry

    The hope and change you voted for you fools.

    September 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. JAMES ROBERTS

    The government needs to be truthful. Their numbers severely understate the true unemployed community. What matters is what's happening, the reality on main street, and forget reporting techniques used in 20th century.

    Tragically the government is hiding behind false data, false reports.

    September 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. stufit

    The announcement is made just as the "summer of prosperity" ends. Will Obama now declare this to be the "autumn of arrogance" or the "fall of falsehoods?" Sounds like it in his ripping the Republicans, the TEA Party or anyone else that tries to point out how incompetent, inept and corrupt he is. His binky prompter and the union lies have failed him. Hey that is it, the "fall of failure." Biden can go around the country proclaiming it.

    September 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Dale

    Job picture = exactly what THEY want it to look like.
    All the talking heads are just creating a diversion, this is what THEY want....... Big brother is at work.... NWO is under way.

    To create it America must first be broken down. That's where we are today. It's all a smoke screen.

    But beware --- The PEOPLE are catching on.

    The Tea party is cleaning up the corrupt republicans - If the Democrats had a brain in their heads they would join the Tea party and clean the liberal side up as well.

    Remind these politicians and big brother who they work for.

    September 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Obama thinks the solution is government, but he's wrong

    Why has Socialism never worked and never will, because there is no value added when you take away from the productive sectors of our society and give it to the inept, corrupt and incompetent sector of our society. What you are left with is a massive credit card bill many generations will likely be unable to pay off. If we don't change course soon, we are doomed.

    Creating and selling something adds value to our economy and our standard of living and the private sector does this well, gov't sucks value for things of far less value.

    We have to educate our President about the value of our Private sector or kick him and his policies to the curb or we are truly doomed.

    September 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Charles W. Skinner

    Look at that!!!! The places that have the worst unemployment rates also have Democrat Senators representing it in Congress. The People of those states with elections will speak LOUD AND CLEAR on November 2nd to send those Democrat Senators packing for supporting Obama's Socialist proposals which destroy industry, encourage illegal behavior and generally hamper economic growth.

    September 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    Reports like this come out and Obama still wants to raise taxes on the people who create jobs. When do you think he will find some new economic advisors?

    September 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Steve- Illinois

    The summer of recovery! Isn't this great?
    Interesting that California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Gee, that's no surprise when L.A. gets $111,000,000.00 and only creates 55 jobs!

    You spend your way INTO bankruptcy, not OUT of it!

    Common Sense!

    September 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    And for African Americans – it's more than double for the highest rate among Whites!!!

    It has always been HIGHER state by state than the national average!! This is nothing new. Tick for Tick – it all went UP a TICK along with some 'remaining the same' and actually ‘dropping’.

    The RICH BIG CORPs want to keep their bonuses so LAYING OFF or FIRING workers will allow them to do so!!! I have NOT heard a rich person complain yet about the economy!!!

    Okay CNN – again the HEADLINE sounds more drastic than the story.

    There are jobs out there – those who are unemployed should 'grin and bear it' and grab one of them. It was reported several months ago that there are 3.9 million jobs available????? Work instead of sitting home doing NOTHING!

    This is T'SAH – the Original Liberal – and I approve this message!!!

    September 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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