Counting that ‘Change’: Your state unemployment rate change from August 08 to August 09

“Hopes?” “Oh no no no, I’m sorry Faz.., did you think I said Hope? No, what I clearly said was dope!” “This is Oregon, right?”

Obama 2008

ED.NOTE: Funny how this sort of bad news (Obama Unemployment numbers) always seems to be released on Friday so that the news cycle will have passed over it by Monday… I snatched this from here, and then found August 08 (pre-Obama unemployment numbers) to compare. First the story and chart, followed by comparision:

From Arthur Delaney [HuffPost]:

Unemployment: The Worst-Hit States In August (MAP)

The state-by-state unemployment situation didn’t change much from July to August, the government announced Friday morning. That means it’s still very bad in places like Michigan, where the rate returned to 15.2 percent after dropping two-tenths of a percentage point in July. The next-worst states are Nevada (13.2 percent) [Oregon?] and Rhode Island (12.8 percent).

Employment fell [Which, means unemployment rose…] in 42 states, led by Texas, where employers cut 62,200 jobs. Michigan employers cut payrolls by 42,900, and those in Georgia shed 35,000. The most hiring happened in North Carolina (7,000), Montana (5,100), and West Virginia (2,800).

Here’s a map from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the full extent of the damage:

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/18/unemployment-the-worst-hi_n_291262.html

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 Here’s the comparison numbers:

 

Table B.  States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes
from August 2008 to August 2009, seasonally adjusted
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                                |          Rate         |
                                |-----------------------| Over-the-year
             State              |   August  |  August   | rate change(p)
                                |    2008   |  2009(p)  |
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Alabama ........................|     5.2   |    10.4   |       5.2
Alaska .........................|     6.7   |     8.3   |       1.6
Arizona ........................|     5.9   |     9.1   |       3.2
Arkansas .......................|     5.1   |     7.1   |       2.0
California .....................|     7.6   |    12.2   |       4.6
Colorado .......................|     4.9   |     7.3   |       2.4
Connecticut ....................|     6.1   |     8.1   |       2.0
Delaware .......................|     5.1   |     8.1   |       3.0
District of Columbia ...........|     7.2   |    11.1   |       3.9
Florida ........................|     6.5   |    10.7   |       4.2
                                |           |           |
Georgia ........................|     6.4   |    10.2   |       3.8
Hawaii .........................|     4.2   |     7.2   |       3.0
Idaho ..........................|     5.2   |     8.9   |       3.7
Illinois .......................|     6.7   |    10.0   |       3.3
Indiana ........................|     6.0   |     9.9   |       3.9
Iowa ...........................|     4.2   |     6.8   |       2.6
Kansas .........................|     4.4   |     7.1   |       2.7
Kentucky .......................|     6.7   |    11.1   |       4.4
Louisiana ......................|     4.8   |     7.8   |       3.0
Maine ..........................|     5.4   |     8.6   |       3.2
                                |           |           |
Maryland .......................|     4.5   |     7.2   |       2.7
Massachusetts ..................|     5.4   |     9.1   |       3.7
Michigan .......................|     8.6   |    15.2   |       6.6
Minnesota ......................|     5.4   |     8.0   |       2.6
Mississippi ....................|     7.3   |     9.5   |       2.2
Missouri .......................|     6.2   |     9.5   |       3.3
Montana ........................|     4.6   |     6.6   |       2.0
Nebraska .......................|     3.3   |     5.0   |       1.7
Nevada .........................|     7.0   |    13.2   |       6.2
New Hampshire ..................|     3.9   |     6.9   |       3.0
                                |           |           |
New Jersey .....................|     5.7   |     9.7   |       4.0
New Mexico .....................|     4.3   |     7.5   |       3.2
New York .......................|     5.7   |     9.0   |       3.3
North Carolina .................|     6.6   |    10.8   |       4.2
North Dakota ...................|     3.3   |     4.3   |       1.0
Ohio ...........................|     6.7   |    10.8   |       4.1
Oklahoma .......................|     3.9   |     6.8   |       2.9
Oregon .........................|     6.5   |    12.2   |       5.7
Pennsylvania ...................|     5.5   |     8.6   |       3.1
Rhode Island ...................|     8.3   |    12.8   |       4.5
                                |           |           |
South Carolina .................|     7.3   |    11.5   |       4.2
South Dakota ...................|     3.1   |     4.9   |       1.8
Tennessee ......................|     6.6   |    10.8   |       4.2
Texas ..........................|     5.0   |     8.0   |       3.0
Utah ...........................|     3.4   |     6.0   |       2.6
Vermont ........................|     4.7   |     6.8   |       2.1
Virginia .......................|     4.1   |     6.5   |       2.4
Washington .....................|     5.4   |     9.2   |       3.8
West Virginia ..................|     4.2   |     9.0   |       4.8
Wisconsin ......................|     4.7   |     8.8   |       4.1
Wyoming ........................|     3.4   |     6.6   |       3.2
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   p = preliminary.
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