INTERNATIONAL US: Little change in state unemployment
Mon, 18 Jun 2012
Eighteen states recorded unemployment rate rises in May, while the rate was down in 14 states and the District of Columbia, and unchanged in another 18, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The only three states with unemployment rates over 10% are Nevada (11.6%), Rhode Island (11%) and California (10.8%).
Nevada’s rate had been 13.7% in May 2011, while California was the state with the second-largest net rise in jobs between May 2011 and May 2012 of 221,500, which saw its unemployment rate drop from 11.9%. Texas saw the largest number of new jobs, at 237,100.
No states saw a “statistically significant” number of jobs lost from May 2011 to May 2012.
The national unemployment rate is 8.2%, and two states’ rate is below half of that – Nebraska (3.9%) and North Dakota (3%).