Highest State unemployment rates in 2008
March 02, 2009
In 2008, Michigan reported the highest unemployment rate at 8.4 percent.
Rhode Island (7.8 percent) and California (7.2 percent) had the next highest rates in 2008.
The annual average U.S. jobless rate was 5.8 percent in 2008. Fourteen States and the District of Columbia recorded rates significantly above it.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Highest State unemployment rates in 2008 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk1/art01.htm (visited October 31, 2014).
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