5 States With The Highest Unemployment Rates

Fresh statistics last week showed that more than half of U.S. states saw the number of jobless workers rise in August compared to July -- yet more evidence that the nation's stagnant employment picture remains stuck in neutral.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia reported unemployment rate increases, while 12 states recorded rate decreases, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. The remainder saw their rates unchanged.

Among the states with the highest jobless rates, Nevada topped the list in August with a rate of 13.4 percent, or about 176,000 people. It was also the third consecutive month the number of unemployed rose in the state.

The latest report is further evidence the labor market isn't improving as many had hoped when the rate began decreasing at the start of the year, said Bill Anderson, chief economist at the state's labor department, according to the Nevada Appeal newspaper.

The battered construction industry remains a major contributor to the state's "economic stalemate," Anderson said.

California, which like Nevada has been hit hard by the implosion of the housing market, had the nation's second highest jobless rate for the month -- 12.2 percent, or roughly 2.2 million people.

Mimicking a trend in Nevada and elsewhere, employers in the Golden State have added jobs this year -- nearly 100,000 of them, in fact. But most of those came early in the year. California employers have added just 11,000 jobs since March, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Despite a revival in Midwest manufacturing, finding a job in Michigan remains tough for many of the state's residents. In August, the jobless rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 11.2 percent compared to July. And more than half a million Michiganders are unemployed.

Two Southern states -- South Carolina and Florida -- round out the top five states with the highest unemployment rates. South Carolina's rate stood at 11.1 percent in August, up from July and also slightly higher than a year ago, bucking a trend last month that saw most states report jobless rates lower than in August 2010.

Florida, meanwhile, reported its rate held steady at 11 percent, slightly better than a year ago. Still, about 1 million Floridians are without work. The state added nearly 10,000 jobs last month. But not enough to make a dent in the jobless number.

A troubled housing market, government cutbacks and a slowdown in manufacturing are all contributing to overall pessimism among a group of economists statewide, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Though job creation in the Sunshine State seemed a bit better than much of the country amid the summer slowdown, the job gain numbers are somewhat inflated, Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities told the newspaper.

That's because of the number of people who are working two or three part-time jobs, Vitner said, since each one is counted as a separate job in the official count.

For more on states with the nation's highest unemployment rates, check out BusinessInsider's complete list of The 11 Most Unemployed States In America.

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The time is ripe for the one world order and money. You don't think BO doesn't know what he is setting us up for? Then we must be naive.

September 21 2011 at 2:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

First step, tear down walmart and bring back all the american companies from overseas. Allow little businesses to come back. Interstates had alot to do with destroying small businesses. Muslims bought out all the convient stores . These stores use to have 8 to 10 employees are now being run by 3 muslims. They do not hire.A big store chain in my city closed last week because of walmart.

September 21 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gotta love when they post these unemployment numbers. Those who are 99'd arent counted, nor the ones whove given up. Lets get some real numbers up there

September 21 2011 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I meant to say truly surprised.

September 21 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God Bless Texas.

September 21 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am truly at South Carolina being included. They give more monster tax breaks than any state to get big industry to locate or relocate there. Go figure.

September 21 2011 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There needs to be another way to increase employment besides building more homes/apartments that we do not currently need. In my area (Wilmington, NC) prior to the crash, I watched as more and more and more homes/apartments were being built for people who were not living here "yet" just so the builder could make money. Maybe if we had not been sooo greedy and built so much so fast, there would be a reason and need to start building now. It does not make sense to build if there is no one to buy or live in.

September 21 2011 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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September 21 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really strange how not too long ago, probably a month....these states were listed as the best places to live, especially South Carolina! It also was mentioned how California is one of the best places to buy a home [ as well as live, find employment, and how California has much more to offer than any other state] ! Do they do their statistics once off of millionaires, and then another stat off of people who earn less then $10,000.00 a year?!

September 21 2011 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Take it from someone who has lived in California for 46 years, California is probably the worst place to live. High unemployment with no bright future, foreclosures left and right, and the state has been broke since Reagan was governor. The only thing Cal has got going for it is the hot, smoggy weather.

September 21 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Much as the Huffers prayed to the Heavens that Texas be one of those top 5 so they could pummel Perry, such did not happen.Forsooth !!

Praps they dont know HOW to pray, as most of them mock prayer all the time anyway ;)

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