The unemployment score for states is 27-7-16 according to the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Twenty-seven states recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 7 states and the District of Columbia registered rate decreases, and 16 states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Over the year, jobless rates increased in 46 states and the District of Columbia and declined in 4 states. The national unemployment rate in February, 9.7 percent,remained unchanged from January, but was up from 8.2 percent a year earlier.

Michigan again recorded the highest unemployment rate among the states, 14.1 percent in February.

North Dakota continued to register the lowest jobless rate, 4.1 percent in February, followed by Nebraska and South Dakota, 4.8 percent each.

The rates in Florida and Nevada set new series highs, as did the rates in two other states: Georgia (10.5 percent) and North Carolina (11.2 percent).

States With Unemployment > 10%
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State Rate
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United States …………………… 9.7
Michigan ……………………….. 14.1
Nevada …………………………. 13.2
Rhode Island …………………. 12.7
California ………………………. 12.5
South Carolina ………………. 12.5
Florida ………………………….. 12.2
District of Columbia ………… 11.9
Illinois …………………………… 11.4
Mississippi …………………….. 11.4
North Carolina ……………….. 11.2
Kentucky ………………………. 10.9
Ohio …………………………….. 10.9
Tennessee ……………………. 10.7
Georgia ………………………… 10.5

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I do not think the unemployment rate has topped.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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