January 28, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

State unemployment rate increases, December 2008–December 2009

States with the largest over-the-year increases in unemployment rates, December 2008 and December 2009, seasonally adjusted
State December unemployment rate Over-the-year change
2008 2009


8.4 13.0 4.6

West Virginia

4.5 9.1 4.6


6.5 11.0 4.5


10.2 14.6 4.4


3.2 7.5 4.3


7.6 11.8 4.2

These data featured in the TED article, State unemployment rate increases, December 2008–December 2009.




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