Unemployment Under Obama — Over 8% Since First Full Month In Office

September 4, 2012

No. No. No. Don’t say unemployment has been forty plus straight months over 8% under Obama.

Do say …unemployment hasn’t gone below 8% since Obama’s first full month in office.

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Compare your state unemployment by month

April 26, 2010

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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Change in federally archived unemployment numbers a mystery

March 9, 2010

I was perplexed when I went back to review some unemployment numbers only to find that all 50 states had seen a change for the 12 months of 2009. (see charts below) (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

The unemployment situation is dangerously critical. 2009 saw a rise of almost 32% in bankruptcy filings according to the Admin. Office of the US Courts.

In a recent post I had expressed my difficulty in understanding why the national unemployment rate for November and December stayed steady at 10% when 42 of the states had seen a rise in unemployment. (view post)

The recent uncovering of e-mails and data manipulation from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia dubbed “Climategate” still fresh in our minds I think of what Mark Twain once said, “There are three kinds of liars; liars, damn liars and statisticians.”

Further adding to my bewilderment is that although the month to month statistics have changed for the 50 states in the last 12 months the national unemployment rate has seen no change for that same period.

2009 National Unemployment

November/December Unemployment Data

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


The odd look of federal unemployment numbers

January 22, 2010

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


December unemployment by state with historical highs and lows

January 22, 2010

The December, 2009 national average for unemployment stayed steady at 10%. 15.3 million persons were unemployed with a total U-6 federal unemployment rate of 17.3%. See November figures. (current unemployment rates may be seen here) A trend from civilian to government jobs is occurring. View graph of shift here.

Scroll down  for individual state statistics.

10 Year Unemployment Graph

Below is percent of unemployment by month

Historical Unemployment

Average annual unemployment over last 20 years

Average annual unemployment over last 20 years

Below is the historic highs and lows of unemployment by state to date. View unemployment statistics in other countries.

Current Unemployment Rates for States  and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted

  Dec. 2009p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alabama 11.0 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.8 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 9.1 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 7.7 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 12.4 Oct. 2009 12.5 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 7.5 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 8.9 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 9.0 Dec. 2009 9.0 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 12.1 Dec. 2009 12.1 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 11.8 Dec. 2009 11.8 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 10.3 Dec. 2009 10.3 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 6.9 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 9.1 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 11.1 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 9.9 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 6.6 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 6.6 July 2009 7.5 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 10.7 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 7.5 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.3 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 7.5 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 9.4 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 14.6 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 7.4 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 10.6 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 9.6 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.7 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 4.7 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 13.0 Sept. 2009 13.3 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 7.0 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 10.1 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 8.3 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 9.0 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 11.2 Dec. 2009 11.2 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.4 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 10.9 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 6.6 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 11.0 May 2009 12.2 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 8.9 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 12.9 Sept. 2009 13.0 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 12.6 Dec. 2009 12.6 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 4.7 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 10.9 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 8.3 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 6.7 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 6.9 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.9 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.5 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 9.1 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.7 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 7.5 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.

p = preliminary.


November unemployment by state with historical highs and lows

December 22, 2009
The November 2009 national average for unemployment is 10%.
 Scroll down  for individual state statistics. (updated unemployment rates may be seen here)

10 year unemployment graph

Past unemployment figures below:

Historical Unemployment

Below is the historic highs and lows of unemployment by state to date. View unemployment stats in other countries.

Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
  Nov. 2009p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alabama 10.5 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.7 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 8.9 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 7.4 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 12.3 Oct. 2009 12.5 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 6.9 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 8.2 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 8.5 Oct. 2009 8.6 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 11.8 Oct. 2009 11.9 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 11.5 Nov. 2009 11.5 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 10.2 July 2009 10.3 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 7.0 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 9.1 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 10.9 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 9.6 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 6.7 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 6.3 July 2009 7.5 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 10.6 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 6.7 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.0 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 7.4 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 8.8 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 14.7 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 7.4 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 9.6 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 9.5 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.4 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 4.5 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 12.3 Sept. 2009 13.3 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 6.7 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 9.7 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 7.8 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 8.6 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 10.8 May 2009 11.1 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.1 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 10.6 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 7.0 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 11.1 May 2009 12.2 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 8.5 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 12.7 Sept. 2009 13.0 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 12.3 Nov. 2009 12.3 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 5.0 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 10.3 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 8.0 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 6.3 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 6.4 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.6 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.2 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 8.4 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.2 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 7.2 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.
p = preliminary.

October unemployment by state with historical highs and lows

November 20, 2009

10 year unemployment graph

The October 2009 national average for unemployment currently stands at 10.2%. Scroll down  for individual state statistics. (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

Historical Unemployment

The first chart represents the historic national unemployment rate by month, while the second chart represents historic highs and lows of unemployment by state to date. View unemployment stats in other countries.

Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
   Oct. 2009p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alabama 10.9 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.9 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 9.3 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 7.6 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 12.5 Oct. 2009 12.5 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 6.9 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 8.8 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 8.7 Oct. 2009 8.7 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 11.9 Oct. 2009 11.9 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 11.2 Oct. 2009 11.2 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 10.2 July 2009 10.3 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 7.2 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 9.0 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 11.0 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 9.8 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 6.7 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 6.8 July 2009 7.5 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 11.2 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 7.4 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.2 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 7.3 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 8.9 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 15.1 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 7.6 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 9.8 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 9.3 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.4 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 4.9 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 13.0 Sept. 2009 13.3 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 6.8 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 9.7 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 7.9 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 9.0 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 11.0 May 2009 11.1 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.2 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 10.5 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 7.1 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 11.3 May 2009 12.2 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 8.8 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 12.9 Sept. 2009 13.0 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 12.1 Oct. 2009 12.1 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 5.0 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 10.5 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 8.3 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 6.5 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 6.5 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.6 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.3 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 8.5 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.4 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 7.4 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.

p = preliminary.

See last months figures.