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. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    It is sad to read the ignorant comments of the TPers posting here. Did you not get the memo that the recession was over in 2009?

    It is FACT that in a RECOVERY, things looks worse before they get better!
    Once the SMALL BUSINESS TAX CUTS BILL goes into effect....... watch out!

    Again I remind people that in 1983......... we had 10% unemployment. Thanks to Reagan. And we DID survive.

    September 21, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. GL

    It is staring to look like the Big greedy Corporation is holding at on hiring until their dear Republicans win back congress. This country is own by the big greedy Corporations.

    September 21, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. sheil

    People forget that the recession ends and jobs are the last to be added to the picture. People have to begin spending before companies will make enough on their bottom line to add to their job pool. Spending is beginning to turn around. Except for housing.

    In a more annoying side, why is Sallie Mae outsourcing it's customer service to the Phillapines. Are these jobs American workers could have filled. I am not sure what administration started this but it stinks too. Put America back to work!

    September 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. key

    My job can't be done out of the US that why I'm employed. If the political arena had kept this in mine years ago things may not be so bad.

    September 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Whatever

    The last two indicators of an improving economy – jobs and housing! Ask the top 2% who have gotten a tax break over the past 10 years why they are not hiring and why we should continue those tax breaks?!?! Well those tax breaks have nothing to do with hiring and jobs. Repubs let companies outsource and the U.S. no longer manufacturers. There is the problem. No matter what the government does it will not or which party is in control will fix it right away. It took the Repubs 10 years to destroy us and it will take probably just as long to rebuild it. Everyone should think what would this country look like if all the banks had failed?!?! No one would have any $$. Companies bankrupt unable to pay and no way for anyone to get paid.

    SHUT UP FOLKS and let the dang thing fix itself. 2005-2008 Repubs were screaming it is capitalist way of letting the market correct itself!!!!HA!

    September 21, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. matt

    I would like to know what the current status is for proposed student loan forgiveness as a stimulus for the economic recovery.

    September 21, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Mike, Albany

    People, get some perspective! The economy was pulled back from the brink of disaster less than two years ago. Did you expect everything to be fixed in less than two years when it took eight to destroy it? By all accounts, the economy is growing in many sectors, and the deficit has been reduced by 8%. Yes, the job sector is still lagging, but too will start to turn around. I've never seen such hate directed toward someone who has done quite a bit for America and whose heart is in the right place. This certainly cannot be said of his predecessor - "Some call you the elite. I call you my base." Bush never for a single instant had the best interests of the American people in mind.

    September 21, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Precisely why, any reports of "recovery" is just a bald faced lie.

    September 21, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. amarjitsehmi

    There is no scope for improvement unless some effective & practical steps are not taken on fast track basis. Mr. Obama must immediately import Three Wheelers through Transportation City Corporation & give on subsidised cost to those seeking self employment in all big cities for arterial transportation at cheaper rates like India & China. Secondly advise & direct Smallscale Industries for short time vocational training courses for semi skilled people to undertake individual domestic manufacturing of small spares like India & China with spot business loans by importing high tech machines from EU like Germany with no sound or air pollution with relaxation in rules to work from homes & feed the US market. Imports of spares of should be restricted to give initiative & protection to small scale individual manufacturing which can only solve US current problems of unemployment, default in house loans & operations of retail stores.Unless income is not increased the whole economy will dwindle & no amount of bail out, tax cuts or unemployment relief can work.

    September 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Padraig

    Yes, the trumpets blared from the White House to CNN, NPR, etc.. The recession is over.

    Obama needs to jump on his unicorn and ride off in the sunset.

    September 21, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. ron

    We can't blame the President, he's not the one sending American jobs to China, India, and Mexico, ask those greedy Republicans where the jobs are.

    September 21, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Sue

    When Pelosi/Reid/Democrats took control of Congress in 2006--unemployment was only 4.6%

    Then came Obama.

    4 years of loony left, socialist/marxist liberal Democrats are destroying our country.

    September 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. jerseyjon

    I find it kind of interesting that 4 of the 5 states with the worst unemployment rates have republican governors. But somehow it is all the Democrats' fault. Though they deny it, state government has a lot more effect on local economics (sales tax, property tax, state income tax, etc.) than some are admitting to.

    September 21, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. amarjitsehmi

    As for as I know from CNN casts on TV shows & news, all the ideas & changes proposed by GOP were included in the Healthcare Bill before passing it with simple process of filibuster. Why GOP is so much anti healthcare when other important national causes are still untouched which can bring revolution & reemergence of American supremacy. China is slave of American spending power with 100% conduit of exports of its production. If US stops imports from China, China will be out to biggest economic collapse even larger than USSR. Being single party & elite rule, it is the inherent element of political weakness in a country overcome by Sir Abraham Lincoln & later followers. GOP should follow a policy for moving forward whole of America & not just part of America, whole of society rather than just part of society, whole of wealthy & poor rather than just wealthy. Once in power they can change whatever they want. With present open opposition to Health care Bill they are just targeting a narrow objective with utter display of negativity & display of negation to right thoughts which has already damaged them through Tea Party campaign of ultra-group in GOP devouring its very existence. It is amazing that American Politicians are working against American national interests in legal forum of constitution. US people are watching as they are being hurt to the core & with family life turned turtle. Education cannot improve overnight the skills. It takes 25 years to produce a reliable engineer or medico with skills minimum.Someother bypass has to evolved to meet the present predicament before the real takes its genuine place. All players have to play their part competently & completely with full loyalty to America & its people.

    September 21, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Marcus

    Worst than the current status of the economy is the (very) short term memory of those who put the blame of it on the current presidency.
    Or forgot the record number ov vetos of GWB during his last two years.
    Or the unfunded wars and tax cuts.
    Or...

    September 21, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Peter E

    Michigan has been in the gutter for the etnire past decade. Even during the 2004 elections, when the economy was still expanding rapidly they were reporting excessive unemployment. It's nothing new. Michigan's problems are unrelated to the recession. They would have problems anyway. But their businesses just like to take any excuse to justify their laying off people, blaming Washington and asking for even more tax cuts. And yet the Bush tax cuts themselves didn't change a thing in Michigan during his years either.

    September 21, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Randy

    What, but I thought the recession ended in June of 09. Keep in mind that a recession is an arbitrary term given to the way our country spends money. The results of a recession are lost jobs I could care less about the number. The lost jobs are what matter.

    September 21, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. ChumBucket

    Wait a minute, didn't Obuma just declare the recession over?

    September 21, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    For all those people complaining about Obama taxes, take a look at the data (you can fact check these yourself). 1. Obama has cut taxes several times, including in the much criticized stimulus package. He has taxed Americans less than the previous administration. 2. For the paste several decades tax rates have either gone unchanged (+-3 percent at best) or have gone down. 3. The percentage of wealth held by the top 3% has gone up throughout the same time period. 4. And yet the economy continues to have recessions, and unemployment rates go up and down all the time.
    How is that possible? Isn't the conventional wisdom that as rich people get richer they'll use that money to create more jobs? Fact is: there is NO correlation between the tax cuts and emplyment. Rich people enjoy their tax cuts but do not create more jobs. Check the data if you don't believe me!

    September 21, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. I work for my money, not a democant

    This is what happens when you hire a affirmative action president. You get the same results when you are forced to hire somebody because of the color of there skin! NBA should be required to have one Asian and one white on every team no matter what there skill level or work ethic is just like we do in the business world.

    September 21, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. a in austin

    Corporate America is sitting on their money waiting for the President to fail. They aren't going to hire anybody even if the bush tax cuts are given to them. Nevada jobless rate is high because it depends on tourism. Tourism down. The big banks aren't lending to companies in the US – investing overseas as more jobs shipped overseas. Middle class continues to get screwed...with all the money being donated for these elections, just think of the jobs they could have created! Rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class is becoming extinct.

    September 21, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Randy

    If big labor wasn't pushing so hard for unrealistic wages, unncessary benefits, over the top pensions and other contract items from business how many jobs would still be here in the US. I guess corporate america figured out it was easier and cheaper to buy products over seas. The union folks still haven't found out that without the job, all that other stuff goes away too.

    September 21, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Republican hypocrite

    Yeah, Obama should have fixed everything by now and we should have gotten back all the jobs we lost in only a year and a half of his presidency. Nevermind that Bush Jr. had a net loss of jobs after the first FOUR years of his presidency. That's okay. He was a republican. For republicans it is okay if they don't fix the economy so quickly because they wrap themselves in the flag.

    September 21, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. ron

    The GOP will create jobs, but not in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Randy

    Who creates and improves products and services without forced reliance on people, government or private industry? The answer to that question should explain where your hope in the future should be.

    September 21, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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