November 27, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

State unemployment rates, October 2009

Unemployment rates, selected States and U.S., seasonally adjusted, December 2007 and October 2009
State or area Unemployment rate
December 2007 October 2009 (p)

North Dakota

3.1 4.2


2.7 4.9

South Dakota

2.7 5.0


3.8 8.7

United States

4.9 10.2


4.8 11.2

District of Columbia

5.8 11.9

South Carolina

5.8 12.1


5.9 12.5

Rhode Island

6.0 12.9


5.2 13.0


7.3 15.1

(p) Preliminary

These data featured in the TED article, State unemployment rates, October 2009.




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