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|April 16, 2008|
Here’s a look at the states with the best unemployment rates — and the worst unemployment rates.
In an analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for February 2008 — the latest data available — of civilian employment, here are the top five states with the least amount of unemployment, as well as the five with the worst amount of unemployment.
States with the lowest unemployment levels:
- South Dakota – 3.1 percent
- Nebraska – 3.2 percent
- Utah – 3.3 percent
- Wyoming – 3.4 percent
- New Mexico – 3.5 percent
States with the highest level of unemployment:
- Michigan – 7.8 percent
- Alaska – 7.8 percent
- Rhode Island – 6.7 percent
- Kentucky – 6.2 percent
- California – 6.1 percent
California is by far the most volatile state for unemployment, with eight metropolitan areas with greater than 10 percent unemployment (Bakersfield, El Centro, Fresno, Hanford-Corcoran, Merced, Modesto, Salinas, and Yuba City) and several below five percent unemployment (Napa, San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, and Stockton).
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