BLS: Rhode Island only State with Unemployment Rate above 8% in May

From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in May. Twenty states had unemployment rate decreases from April, 16 states had increases, and 14 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Rhode Island again had the highest unemployment rate among the states in May, 8.2 percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.6 percent.

State Unemployment Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the current unemployment rate for each state (red), and the max during the recession (blue). All states are well below the maximum unemployment rate for the recession.

The size of the blue bar indicates the amount of improvement. 

The states are ranked by the highest current unemployment rate. No state has double digit or even a 9% unemployment rate.  Only Rhode Island (8.2%) is at or above 8%.  

State UnemploymentThe second graph shows the number of states with unemployment rates at or above certain levels since January 2006. At the worst of the employment recession, there were 10 states with an unemployment rate at or above 11% (red).

Currently no state has an unemployment rate at or above 9% (purple), 1 state is at or above 8% (light blue), and 9 states are at or above 7% (dark blue).

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