Some States Actually Added Jobs Last Month

unemploymentWhile unemployment numbers changed very little last month from the month before, there were actually 17 states plus the District of Columbia that registered lower unemployment rates and others that added jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment was reduced in five states. Still, for the third month in a row, the national unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent a year ago in March 2009.


The largest over-the-month increases in employment happened in:

  1. Maryland (+35,800 new jobs)
  2. Virginia (+24,500 new jobs)
  3. Pennsylvania (+22,600 new jobs)
  4. Indiana (+16,600 new jobs)
  5. New York (+11,700 new jobs)

You probably won't be surprised to learn which states lost the most jobs last month. They were:

  1. Michigan (9,500 fewer jobs)
  2. Nevada (7,100 fewer jobs)
  3. Florida (4,000 fewer jobs)

In fact, Michigan and Nevada again also recorded the highest overall unemployment rate among the states. The rates in California, Florida, and Nevada set new series highs, as did the rate in Georgia (10.6 percent).

The states with the highest unemployment rates last month were:

  1. Michigan, 14.1 percent
  2. Nevada, 13.4 percent
  3. California and Rhode Island, 12.6 percent each
  4. Florida, 12.3 percent
  5. South Carolina, 12.2 percent

But there is hope in some states. Twenty four states posted jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 9.7 percent.

Those with the lowest jobless rates are:

  1. North Dakota, 4.0 percent
  2. South Dakota, 4.8 percent
  3. Nebraska, 5.0 percent

-- See average salaries for jobs in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

When it comes to regional employment rates, the West reported the highest regional jobless rate in March, at 11.0 percent, which is a new high. The Northeast recorded the lowest rate, 9.1 percent. All four regions registered significant rate increases from a year earlier: the West (+1.5 percent-age points), South (+1.4 points), Northeast (+1.3 points), and Midwest (+1.0 point). But if you look at it on a month by month basis, three of the four regions seem to have hit the bottom and are on their way up -- albeit slowly.

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robin

If you are 30 or under you will get hired. Or an illegal no one else need apply.

May 03 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary

Wow Kat !! First I do commend you for giving a great battle.
Without a doubt it is people like you that makes our country strong.
Kat in my referance to government jobs, I did a poor job in explaining my meaning. What had inspired my statement was how the unemployment figures in Washington DC were declining, which said to me the government was hiring many, many people and this to me is falsifying the numbers. Until our major, major movers and shakers feel confident the economy will remain stagnate.

April 28 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

Todd, you're right. I am in my 50's and in February, I worked 7days/week. For the last year and a half, I've worked at least 2, sometimes 3 jobs 6 days/week. You do what you have to do to pay the bills. Although I am not a fan of ILLEGAL aliens, I would say that if more Americans would get off of their rusty-dustys, they would find that working sure beats complaining!!!

April 28 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

FOX news presents the REAL news, folks!

April 28 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

who is hiring to work from home?

April 28 2010 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Latina

Really some people don't get a clue most of you are talking about illegal immigrants and that they should be deported but what you don't see is that most american citizens do not want to do the work that they do. And just so you know I am not mexican and I'm not a illegal immigrant.I have mexican friends that clean houses for a living and yet I see white and black people not trying to be disrespectful but with the opportunity to go to school and actually get a better degrees and get a job and they choose not too. I dont defend mexicans that are smuggling drugs and smuggling people; those should be locked up without questions but leave the innocent people trying to make a living alone and stop being racist, mexicans are people too.

April 28 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gig Harrison

Blame ALL OF US! First the jobs the most of the illegals are taking are low paying jobs that most of us Americans do not want. Plus, if the company does pay of nice pay for those jobs - then the price of the items or services from the companies will be go up. Then we went to companies to pay for our health benefits - again services & prices of items will go up. ANOTHER CATCH 22! Then someone states let the govt. pay for the health care - then those TEA PARTY screw no govt interference. People we can not have it both way.

Now, to answer Gigi's problems: I am also over 50. Husband got sick at Xmas - lost health insurance. I started job hunting. No success- but a few 7am - 6pm. I now I will be tired with a sick husband & a child still at home.

Yes, this country is messed up and our govt is trying to find solutions but we are not working together to help out. Our govt is full of self-serving people. Then we the people are starting to hate each other & not listen to each other but YELL & SCREAM. We need to stop listening to the sound bites & listen to each other.

April 26 2010 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
samnbeans

these statistics are a joke....indiana has deleted thousands of $75,000.00-100,000.00 a year jobs, and have "created" twice as many $23,000.00-$27,000.00 a year warehouse packing jobs...more employed for a lot less money...the outsourcing way

April 26 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rc182pilot

And, if you weren't paying what will soon be 60% of your income in taxes, you wouldn't need to work 3 jobs.

April 26 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rc182pilot

These studies are, to say the least, fictitious. How do I know? Simple. Nowhere in this "study" does the State of Texas appear. Texas. That big state at the center of the bottom of the map of the US. The simple fact is, one-out-of-three private sector fobs created in the US over the last 12 months was created in Texas. Those "jobs" that were created in DC, Virginia, Maryland, etc. are temporary jobs as census takers, ie: Government Jobs.

Not that there's anything wrong with government jobs, per se. The problem is that for every government job, you need to create 6 jobs of equal salary level or you're just adding to the deficit, not improving the economy.

By the way, do you remember that "jobless recovery" that President Obama keeps talking about? We've had those under previous administrations, but then they recalled "inflation".

April 26 2010 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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