September 22, 2008
State unemployment rates were mostly higher in August.
Overall, 44 states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 5 States registered decreases, and 1 State had no change.
Connecticut, Louisiana, and Rhode Island posted the largest unemployment rate increases from July to August (+0.7 percentage point each).
These data come from the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. More State unemployment statistics are available in "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment: August 2008," (PDF) (HTML) news release USDL 08-1310.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Over-the-month changes in State unemployment rates, August 2008 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/sept/wk4/art01.htm (visited November 29, 2015).
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