D.C. leads nation in percentage of jobs lost in September
Washington D.C. had the highest percentage rise in unemployment in September, with the jobless rate jumping from 11.1 percent to 11.4 percent, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported moments ago in its monthly state-by-state jobless report.
New York experienced the most jobs lost in the month, but D.C. had the highest percentage loss relative to population. D.C. lost 10,000 jobs from August to September, the Bureau said.
The national unemployment rate is 9.8 percent.
In Maryland, the unemployment rate is 7.2 percent, up from 4.6 this time last year.
In Virginia, the rate is 6.7 percent, up from 4.1 percent this time last year.
Michigan retained the unenviable title of highest state unemployment rate at 15.3 percent. It was followed by Nevada (13.3 percent), Rhode Island (13.0 percent) and
California (12.2 percent).
North Dakota remained the easiest state in which to get a job, with a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, followed by its mate, South Dakota, at 4.8 percent and the state immediately to the south, Nebraska (4.9 percent). That's odd. Some sort of Wheat Belt job boom. In Kansas, the next state down, unemployment is only 6.9 percent and in Oklahoma, one more state down, it's only 6.7 percent. Things get worse when you hit the bigger, more diverse work force in Texas, the bottom state on this state stack, where unemployment is 8.2 percent.
Twenty states saw their unemployment rate increase from August to September, 19 saw it go down and 14 remain stuck with double-digit unemployment.
-- Frank Ahrens
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October 21, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
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