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

Jobs picture gets worse in 27 states

New York ( - 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. NO Tea For Me

    CNN didn't you just do a report today that people are turning down jobs they are being offered?

    September 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. ddt

    Obviously Republicans would love that. They have blocked any Bill that is meant to create jobs so that they can turn around and say that the Dem have failled to create jobs. It's a strategy they have been having to let things go real very bad so that the people of America can blame the Dems. There people who will believe that, forgeting that it was the Republicans that put us into this mess Only two republicans voted for the job bill last week, can you imagine? Pathetic

    September 21, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Governors pass blame onto the President, but the failure belongs to them. Governors have never been held responsible for not balancing their budget, just spending money. They have the responsibility for attracting job growth in their State and not just getting on a plane to vacation with their families and living a free mansion and enjoying all the luxuries that go with it. Why should your governor and his family live in a luxury mansion for free and doing nothing in return.

    September 21, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    I hate to say this but the economy is going to remain bad if you are a Republican until they take control again. Then all you will hear is how it is growing. If the economy grows an astounding 6% between now and the end of the year, Republicans will assure you it is only a fluke.

    Open your eyes people. I don't care how much the economy improves nothing is going to improve according to Republicans regain power. We need to get out of these negative thoughts and start working in a more positive manner.

    September 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. richard

    if the recession was over 6-09 then my theory is correct and right on point . the real people in power aka the white man, wall street, and the banking system who is sitting on the bail-out money at zero interest while raking in the profit and you got the white man aka the republicans are the ones who is sitting on the jobs ddeliberately , it is going to send this country in a tailspin . trying to undermine this president the white man stands the risk of tanking the whole economy . mark my word ditch-diggers when china call in their chips its going to all fall down...... mark my word. name what was it g.w . bush accomplished name 1 thing and don't use that he kept our country safe crap when alot of the war money is being channeled to dubai/ saudi arabi.

    September 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Bill

    How out of touch can these elected officials be? Wait a minute, how out of touch can you voters be? How many of you are involved in setting your own salaries? How many of you have to say no to a raise in order to stop it from happening..... This is what our congress has done.... Think about it .... They get a raise automatically each year. They set their salaries..... Is it surprising that JOBS in the private sector suffer?????

    Congress is completely out of touch with the real world we live in... and the saddest part is that we let them get by with it!

    September 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. obama victim

    seems I remember someting about "hope and change""????

    September 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Shibumi

    Can we get a do over on the "Summer of Recovery"? VP Biteme could use a break.
    Remember In November.

    September 21, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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