September state unemployment numbers released

October 22, 2010

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released monthly state and regional unemployment numbers for September. The report shows 23 states and the District of Columbia recorded an unemployment rate decrease, 11 states saw an unemployment rate increase, and 16 states experienced no change. In September, California lost 63,500 jobs, New York lost 37,500, Massachusetts lost 20,900, and New Jersey lost 20,200. Meanwhile, there were job gains in Texas (+152,800), North Carolina (+49,300), and Indiana (+39,200). Nevada’s unemployment rate, unchanged from last month at 14.4%, remains the highest in the nation. Michigan’s rate, dropping slightly to 13.1%, is the second highest. California’s rate, the third highest, held steady at 12.4%.

However discouraging the numbers in monthly national and state unemployment reports continue to be, they often don’t tell the whole story. See our recent infographic and video that explains why the real unemployment rate is actually much higher.

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