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In 2008, Michigan reported the highest unemployment rate at 8.4 percent.
Rhode Island (7.8 percent) and California (7.2 percent) had the next highest rates in 2008.
The annual average U.S. jobless rate was 5.8 percent in 2008. Fourteen States and the District of Columbia recorded rates significantly above it.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see "Regional and State Unemployment, 2008 Annual Averages" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0186.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Highest State unemployment rates in 2008 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk1/art01.htm (visited March 23, 2023).