The odd look of federal unemployment numbers

The federal government recently announced that unemployment for December remained the same as November at 10%. (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

Today, the federal government posted the December preliminary unemployment numbers for all 50 states.

I’m not a statistician, so perhaps someone can explain why the national unemployment stayed at 10% (like last month) when only 6 states had unemployment numbers go down, 2 states remained the same and 42 states unemployment numbers went up. What do you think? 

Unemployment Nov-Dec by State

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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One Response to The odd look of federal unemployment numbers

  1. Edd Jobs says:

    Those are seasonally adjusted figures, packed full of fudge factors. The U-6 unemployment figures and the BLS employment-to-population ratio are better measures of how bad the job situation has become.

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