June 22, 2009
Among the states, Oregon reported the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase from May 2008 to May 2009 (+6.7 percentage points), followed by Michigan (+5.9 points), and South Carolina (+5.8 points).
Thirteen additional states and the District of Columbia recorded rate increases of 4.0 percentage points or more.
The national unemployment rate was 3.9 percentage points higher in May 2009 than a year earlier.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. More state unemployment statistics are available in "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment: May 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0680.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, States with the largest increases in unemployment rates, May 2008-May 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/jun/wk4/art01.htm (visited April 30, 2016).
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