February 27, 2002
Among the States, Washington registered the highest jobless rate, 6.4 percent, in 2001, followed closely by Alaska and Oregon at 6.3 percent each.
Four other States plus the District of Columbia had annual average unemployment rates of 5.5 percent or above in 2001. The District of Columbia’s rate was 6.5 percent.
Overall, 18 States and the District of Columbia posted rates above the national average of 4.8 percent in 2001.
These data are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see "State and Regional Unemployment, 2001 Annual Averages," news release USDL 02-97.