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Unemployment Rates Rise in 27 States, Drop in 13

Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 01:35 PM

Recovery from the U.S. recession that ended more than a year ago continues to vary from state to state, with the Labor Department reporting Tuesday that unemployment rates increased in 27 states in August and decreased in 13.

In the remaining states and the District of Columbia, unemployment rates were unchanged from July.

Nevada again reported the highest unemployment rate among states last month, reaching a record high of 14.4 percent. Michigan had the second-highest rate, at 13.1 percent, followed by California at 12.4 percent.

North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, at 3.7 percent, followed by neighbors South Dakota and Nebraska.

Compared with a year ago, unemployment rates were lower in 26 states and the District of Columbia and higher in 21.

For most of the recession, which began at the end of 2007, states' unemployment rates moved in lock-step, with only a few avoiding steady increases in joblessness.

States use unemployment as a measure of economic health more than growth or gross domestic product because it affects their tax revenue and spending demands.

North Carolina added the most jobs over the month, creating 18,600 positions. Its jobless rate dipped to 9.7 percent in August from 9.8 percent in July, mostly due to education hiring and mild growth in professional and business services and manufacturing jobs.

As in many places, North Carolina's rate has been dropping for a while, but still remains high. The national unemployment rate is 9.6 percent.

Some states have found they are adding jobs slowly.

"The recovery in New York state's labor market slowed somewhat in August as we only added 2,500 private sector jobs over the month," said Norman Steele, deputy director of the state's division of research and statistics.

Michigan also lost the most jobs over the month, 50,300. It was the third consecutive month the state lost jobs.

"Michigan's jobless rate in 2010 fell from January through June, and has been flat over the last three months," Rick Waclawek, director of the state's Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, said in a statement.

South Carolina's jobless rate increased to 11 percent in August, but the state's labor department appeared unfazed by the increase.

"Despite high unemployment, we still have lots of jobs available statewide," said John Finan, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

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