March 10th, 2010
11:13 AM ET
13 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. The Calabash Kid

    All of the Conservative lackwits were boasting of these statistics when unemployment was increasing. None of the Conservobots were questioning those numbers. They pointed out that it was Obama's stimulus package that was increasing unemployment, they said. Now, unemployment is going down and they say that the numbers are rigged. Alternatively, they are arguing that unemployment is going down, but NOT because of the stimulus package.

    The obvious truth is that Conservative leaders in Congress are blocking, stalling, lying, gridlocking, and delaying for the purpose of increasing the suffering of Americans in the middle and lower classes. They figure the unhappier Americans are, the more likely it is that they'll vote for the "other guy."

    This is class warfare on the part of Conservatives, my easily deceived fellow citizens. You Conservative voters are voting against your own self-interest, but you are too gullible to see it.

    March 10, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Hey terry, va, those were very insightful comments. I especially enjoyed your deep insight into the unemployment statistics. If only more people put as much mental energy into their comments.... 🙂

    You and the rest of the deluded rightwing baboons, had best get a grip on reality by reading Jack's comment. Anybody who thinks we should allow the [R]s to get a controlling hand on the economy again should go seek genetic counceling.

    March 10, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Scott

    Sadie, do you have anymore of what ever you are smoking, you seem to live in fantasy land.

    I think you have it backwards, the Democrat's and there leader Comrade Obama, the socialist are trying to ram healthcare down our throats. The people overwhelming have rejected this healthcare as it is. I for one am glad the Republicans are looking out for a best interest. Here is a tibit for you, the Military next year gets a 1 1/4% pay increase, Welfare recepients get a bigger pay raise then the miltary. IT all about the socialist tax and spend Democrats, they do not have our best interest in heart. All they care about are themselves. God Bless the USA and the Republicans, The party of goodness.

    March 10, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    To the neo-tard who would like to blame the minimum wage bill for the current economic mess. That's a good one, very deflective, and it doesn't contribute an ounce of insight into the reality of the economic disaster that the people YOU elected got us into. So where did you come up with this new tidbit?– did Rush squat on stage today, and then read what came out, like tea-leaves?

    Oh yes, and I'm sure all the poor working people who are making minumum wage are soooooo very sorry for bringing down our great economy.


    March 10, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Tim

    Do you all now see how this works. Obama has changed the definition of brighten, but you should still feel the same when someone says things have brightened.

    Kind of like saved or created!

    Mike, unemployment is continuing to rise, but at a slower pace than in previous months. Please realize the limits of your logic before burdening the public.

    March 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Tim

    Aunt Bea and Opie,

    Yes the severe weather had something to do with it. People just simply can't get to work when the weather is bad. And when the weather is nice, who wants to go to work. Dang weather, it's the cause of all of our problems.

    March 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. haren

    Come November and we will have Robust economy.
    INDEPEDENT VOTERS take note of this, country is going in right direction with good GDP and economy we will pay down this bugget deficit faster than you think.
    My only problem is where were you and your republican friend for last 8 years?

    March 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. haren

    Highest unemployment in both Carolina and Georgia.
    well red neck governor decided not to accept stimulus money.

    March 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Daniel

    Hey morons, the reason it is leveling is over 1,000,000 people are being hired for the census. Great reporting CNN.

    We should fend for ourselves and stop waiting on Obama to create jobs. He doesn't have one former business executive in his administration and takes marching orders from SEIU. Fend for yourselves because the only check you are going to get from Obama is an unemployment check.

    March 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Jacq

    The Rethugs will find something to complain about

    March 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. sensibloe Cape Coral FL

    Those poor Republicans will have to find something else to whine about. Poor Babies!

    March 10, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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