March 14, 2005
Two States that border the Pacific—Alaska and Oregon—recorded the highest jobless rates in 2004, 7.5 and 7.4 percent, respectively.
Michigan, at 7.1 percent, was the only other state with a rate above 7.0 percent.
Overall, 16 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rates above the national average of 5.5 percent in 2004. Four of the five Pacific division states and three of the four West South Central states recorded rates above the national rate.