Compare your state unemployment by month

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.  

Historic Unemployment by Month/Year

 

Below is the percent of unemployment by month. Notice the graph above indicates between 2008 and 2009 unemployment figures  had a huge upward trend. In fact, the graph (distributed by the feds) is misleading to view. As you can see in the actual figures below, 2008 saw numbers ranging from 4.8% to 7.4% for an annual national average of 5.8%. 2009 saw figures range from 4.9% to 10% unemployment for a final annual national average of 9.3.  
US historic unemployment by month Historic US Unemployment by Month

 

Average annual unemployment over last 20 yearsAverage annual unemployment over last 20 years

 

 Current unemployment rates for states and historical highs/lows

Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
  Aug. 2010p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
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.

US unemployment by state/month 2010
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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