March 03, 2009
Among the States, Rhode Island had the largest jump in its jobless rate (+2.6 percentage points) in 2008.
Florida and Nevada reported the next largest rate increases (+2.1 and +2.0 percentage points, respectively).
Twenty-one additional States and the District of Columbia recorded increases in their unemployment rates of at least 1.0 percentage point.
The annual average unemployment rate for the United States climbed by 1.2 percentage points over the year.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2007-08 changes in State unemployment rates on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk1/art02.htm (visited November 29, 2015).
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