View your state unemployment fluctuations below. (UPDATED unemployment rates as data comes in may be seen here)
Individual state unemployment rates are listed at end of this post. See how much stimulus funds your state received.
The September 2010 national unemployment is 9.6%. 40.8 million people (I hesitate to say “Americans”) are now receiving food stamps — up 21% from last year at a cost of over $35B. Not unlike other “change” in this country, the Federal Food Stamp Program has been renamed/repackaged and is now referred to as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in an effort to “remove the stigma.” “Certain” non citizens are eligible for food stamps.
One in six people are enrolled in some form of federal aid in this country.
In the week ending Oct. 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 465,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 453,000. The 4-week moving average was 445,000 a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 456,000.
However, States reported 4,123,513 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Sept. 18, an increase of 157,735 from the prior week. There were 3,358,689 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
Since GM and Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy, our auto industry has added 55,000 jobs – the strongest period of job growth in more than 10 years.
See the trend chart from civilian to government jobs.
Current unemployment rates for states and historical highs/lows
|Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
|Aug. 2010p||Historical High||Historical Low|
|Alabama||9.2||Dec. 1982||14.3||Apr. 2007||3.3|
|Alaska||7.7||June 1986||11.5||Apr. 2007||5.9|
|Arizona||9.7||Jan. 1983||11.6||July 2007||3.7|
|Arkansas||7.5||July 1983||10.1||Nov. 2000||4.0|
|California||12.4||Mar. 2010||12.6||Jan. 2001||4.7|
|Colorado||8.2||Jan. 1983||8.8||Jan. 2001||2.6|
|Connecticut||9.1||Jan. 1976||9.4||Oct. 2000||2.1|
|Delaware||8.4||Dec. 1976||9.3||Feb. 1989||2.8|
|District of Columbia||9.9||Jan. 2010||12.0||May 1989||4.8|
|Florida||11.7||Mar. 2010||12.3||May 2006||3.3|
|Georgia||10.0||Mar. 2010||10.5||Dec. 2000||3.3|
|Hawaii||6.4||Jan. 1976||9.9||Jan. 2007||2.3|
|Idaho||8.9||Feb. 1983||9.6||Mar. 2007||2.7|
|Illinois||10.1||Feb. 1983||12.9||Feb. 1999||4.2|
|Indiana||10.2||Jan. 1983||12.7||Apr. 1999||2.6|
|Iowa||6.8||Mar. 1983||8.6||Oct. 1999||2.5|
|Kansas||6.6||Aug. 2009||7.2||Apr. 1979||3.0|
|Kentucky||10.0||Jan. 1983||12.0||June 2000||4.1|
|Louisiana||7.6||Nov. 1986||12.8||July 2006||3.6|
|Maine||8.0||Jan. 1977||9.0||Jan. 2001||3.1|
|Maryland||7.3||Nov. 1982||8.4||Feb. 2000||3.4|
|Massachusetts||8.8||Jan. 1976||11.1||Oct. 2000||2.6|
|Michigan||13.1||Dec. 1982||16.8||Mar. 2000||3.3|
|Minnesota||7.0||Dec. 1982||9.1||Mar. 1999||2.5|
|Mississippi||10.0||Apr. 1983||13.5||Apr. 2001||4.9|
|Missouri||9.3||Feb. 1983||10.6||Jan. 2000||2.8|
|Montana||7.4||Mar. 1983||8.8||Mar. 2007||3.2|
|Nebraska||4.6||Feb. 1983||6.7||Feb. 1998||2.2|
|Nevada||14.4||Aug. 2010||14.4||Apr. 2000||3.8|
|New Hampshire||5.7||Sept. 1992||7.6||May 1987||2.1|
|New Jersey||9.6||Dec. 1976||10.7||July 2000||3.6|
|New Mexico||8.3||Mar. 1983||10.0||Aug. 2007||3.4|
|New York||8.3||Nov. 1976||10.3||Apr. 1988||4.0|
|North Carolina||9.7||Feb. 2010||11.2||Mar. 1999||3.1|
|North Dakota||3.7||Feb. 1983||6.8||July 2001||2.6|
|Ohio||10.1||Jan. 1983||13.9||Jan. 2001||3.8|
|Oklahoma||7.0||June 1983||9.2||Dec. 2000||2.8|
|Oregon||10.6||Jan. 1983||12.1||Feb. 1995||4.7|
|Pennsylvania||9.2||Mar. 1983||12.9||Mar. 2000||4.0|
|Rhode Island||11.8||Feb. 2010||12.7||July 1988||2.9|
|South Carolina||11.0||Jan. 2010||12.5||Mar. 1998||3.2|
|South Dakota||4.5||Feb. 1983||6.0||Mar. 2000||2.5|
|Tennessee||9.6||Jan. 1983||12.8||May 2000||3.9|
|Texas||8.3||Nov. 1986||9.3||Jan. 2001||4.2|
|Utah||7.4||Mar. 1983||10.0||Apr. 2007||2.5|
|Vermont||6.0||Jan. 1976||8.8||Apr. 2000||2.4|
|Virginia||7.0||Jan. 1983||7.8||Dec. 2000||2.2|
|Washington||8.9||Nov. 1982||12.2||May 2007||4.4|
|West Virginia||8.8||Mar. 1983||18.1||Apr. 2008||3.9|
|Wisconsin||7.9||Jan. 1983||11.5||Feb. 2000||3.0|
|Wyoming||6.8||Jan. 1987||9.1||Apr. 1979||2.3|
|Note: Data series begin in January 1976.|
p = preliminary.
NOTE: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence. Estimates for at least the latest five years are subject to revision early in the following calendar year. Historical highs and lows show the most recent month that a rate was recorded in the event of multiple occurrences.
Below is a comparison by state of recent unemployment figures by month. Current data against prior month yields 13 states lower, 9 unchanged and 28 states with a higher unemployment rate. Washington, DC unemployment is also up.
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