March 06, 2006
Mississippi and Louisiana recorded the highest jobless rates among the states in 2005, 7.9 and 7.1 percent, respectively.
Three other states had rates above 6.5 percent—Alaska and South Carolina (6.8 percent each) and Michigan (6.7 percent).
Overall, 18 states and the District of Columbia registered rates above the national average of 5.1 percent.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, States with highest unemployment rates in 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/mar/wk1/art01.htm (visited November 26, 2015).
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