September 21, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Geography of unemployment, August 2009

Unemployment rate by geographic region and division, August 2008 and August 2009
Region and division Aug 2008 Aug 2009


5.6 9.0

New England

5.6 8.8

Middle Atlantic

5.6 9.1


5.7 9.2

South Atlantic

6.0 9.7

East South Central

6.4 10.6

West South Central

5.0 7.8


6.3 10.0

East North Central

6.9 11.1

West North Central

5.1 7.5


6.5 10.6


5.3 8.5


7.1 11.6

These data featured in the TED article, Geography of unemployment, August 2009.




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