Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Metropolitan unemployment rates released

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest unemployment rates for each state and the 372 metropolitan areas. The table above lists the fifteen largest population states and their unemployment rate in June and July. Of the fifteen states, eight states had higher unemployment rates, three states had unemployment rates that did not change and four states had a decrease in their unemployment rate. Sadly, Arizona had the highest jump in unemployment of the top fifteen populous states, going from 8.9 to 9.5. 

Note that the state and metro numbers lag a month behind the national numbers that will be released for August later this week.  This may or may not be a precursor to a higher national unemployment rate for August.  Its difficult to tell.

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