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2.7%  Q1 GDP    4.57%  avg. 30-year mortgage     9.5%  Unemployment

Unemployment Rises in 27 States, D.C.; Mich. Leads Nation

Unemployment rose in 27 states and Washington D.C. in August, according to numbers out today from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Maryland's unemployment was 7.2 percent, up 2.7 percent from August 2008. Virginia's rate was 6.5 percent, up 2.4 percent. D.C.'s was 11.1 percent, up 3.9 percent, tied for seventh-highest in the U.S.

It dropped in 16 states and remained unchanged in seven others.

Here's your Top 10 for joblessness and the rate change from August 2008 (keep in mind the official national unemployment rate is 9.7 percent):

1. Michigan, 15.2 percent, up 6.6 percent.
2. Nevada, 13.2 percent, up 6.2 percent.
3. Rhode Island, 12.8 percent, up 4.5 percent.
4. California, 12.2 percent, up 4.6 percent.
Oregon, 12.2 percent, up 5.7 percent.
6. South Carolina, 11.5 percent, up 4.2 percent.
7. Washington D.C., 11.1 percent, up 3.9 percent.
Kentucky, 11.1 percent, up 4.4 percent.
9. North Carolina, 10.8. percent, up 4.2 percent.
Tennessee, 10.8 percent, up 4.2 percent.

It's worth noting that the year-over-year increase is generally in the 4-to-5 percent range, which is slightly ahead of the national year-over-year increase of 3.5 percent. Except that is in the hardest-hit states, such as Michigan, which has been hammered in its auto industry, and Nevada, which was probably the most overbuilt state in the union.

Oregon's high unemployment remains a mystery, even to Oregonians, as we've written here before.

The Top 5 states with the lowest unemployment rate are:

1. North Dakota, 4.3 percent, up 1 percent.
2. South Dakota, 4.9 percent, up 1.8 percent.
3. Nebraska, 5 percent, up 1.7 percent.
4. Utah, 6 percent, up 2.6 percent.
5. Virginia, 6.5 percent, up 2.4 percent.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  September 18, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment  
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