The Unemployment Trend by State

Source: Emily Garr, Economic Policy Institute, Economic Snapshot, September 24, 2008

The national unemployment rate has risen to a five-year high of 6.1%, and many states are experiencing rates as high as 8.9%. This week’s Economic Snapshot features an interactive map showing the unemployment rate of each state in August, as well as the employment gains and losses incurred by each state since the economic downturn began in December 2007.

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