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August Joblessness Hit 10% in 14 States and D.C.

Michigan continued to have the country’s highest jobless rate, at a seasonally adjusted 15.2 percent, compared with a national rate of 9.7 percent.  In the Detroit metropolitan area, the rate reached 17.3 percent.  Nevada and Rhode Island followed Michigan, with unemployment rates of 13.2 percent and 12.8 percent, respectively. The rates in Nevada, Rhode Island and California — where unemployment reached 12.2 percent — were the highest on record for those states. Generally, Western states had the weakest job markets, with Plains-state labor forces relatively more resilient. North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska all registered jobless rates of 5 percent or lower.  All States:  09/18 NY Times 


The economy shed 263,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent from 9.7 percent in August, according to the Labor Department’s monthly snapshot of the employment picture.  10/02 NY Times