State Employment and Unemployment Rates- September 2012

Unemployment Rates by State-

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the individual state unemployment rates and once again North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rates… literally begging for employees.   They have “man camps” where men from all over the country are showing up and parking RV’s and cashing in on the high paying jobs available in the pipeline industry. And because the pay is so good it is driving up the wages everywhere else as Denny’s and McDonalds have to pay $15/hr in order to attract employees. Stories abound of labor being so scarce that Walmart quit stocking shelves and just places the pallets straight on the floor in the aisles and people grab the stock straight from the pallet.

On the other end of the spectrum we have Nevada where the gambling industry is hurting and they have 11.8% unemployment. This is followed by Rhode Island, California and New Jersey at 10.5%, 10.2% and 9.8% respectively.

State Unemployment Rate Sept 2012

Source:  BLS Data is based on Unemployment rates for selected states, seasonally adjusted, September 2012

The full Unemployment Data for all 50 States plus D.C. is:

 

Unemployment Rates for States
Monthly Rankings
Seasonally Adjusted
Sept. 2012
Rank State Rate
1 NORTH   DAKOTA 3
2 NEBRASKA 3.9
3 SOUTH   DAKOTA 4.4
4 IOWA 5.2
4 OKLAHOMA 5.2
6 UTAH 5.4
6 VERMONT 5.4
6 WYOMING 5.4
9 HAWAII 5.7
9 NEW   HAMPSHIRE 5.7
11 MINNESOTA 5.8
12 KANSAS 5.9
12 VIRGINIA 5.9
14 MONTANA 6.1
15 NEW   MEXICO 6.4
16 MASSACHUSETTS 6.5
17 DELAWARE 6.8
17 TEXAS 6.8
19 MARYLAND 6.9
19 MISSOURI 6.9
21 LOUISIANA 7
21 OHIO 7
23 ARKANSAS 7.1
23 IDAHO 7.1
25 WISCONSIN 7.3
26 ALASKA 7.5
27 MAINE 7.6
27 WEST   VIRGINIA 7.6
29 COLORADO 8
30 ARIZONA 8.2
30 INDIANA 8.2
30 PENNSYLVANIA 8.2
33 ALABAMA 8.3
33 TENNESSEE 8.3
35 KENTUCKY 8.4
36 WASHINGTON 8.5
37 DISTRICT   OF COLUMBIA 8.7
37 FLORIDA 8.7
37 OREGON 8.7
40 ILLINOIS 8.8
41 CONNECTICUT 8.9
41 NEW   YORK 8.9
43 GEORGIA 9
44 SOUTH   CAROLINA 9.1
45 MISSISSIPPI 9.2
46 MICHIGAN 9.3
47 NORTH   CAROLINA 9.6
48 NEW   JERSEY 9.8
49 CALIFORNIA 10.2
50 RHODE   ISLAND 10.5
51 NEVADA 11.8

Several months ago we published a correlation chart between state leglislature political afiliation and unemployment rates see May State Unemployment Rates to see how state unemployment rates have changed. To see how the current rankings relate to political affiliation see table below.

By State Legislature Affiliation
Sept. 2012p
State Unemployment   Rate State   Legislature Affiliation
NORTH DAKOTA 3 Republican
NEBRASKA 3.9 Mixed
SOUTH DAKOTA 4.4 Republican
OKLAHOMA 5.2 Republican
IOWA 5.2 Mixed
UTAH 5.4 Republican
WYOMING 5.4 Republican
VERMONT 5.4 Democrat
NEW HAMPSHIRE 5.7 Republican
HAWAII 5.7 Democrat
MINNESOTA 5.8 Republican
KANSAS 5.9 Republican
VIRGINIA 5.9 Republican
MONTANA 6.1 Republican
NEW MEXICO 6.4 Democrat
MASSACHUSETTS 6.5 Democrat
TEXAS 6.8 Republican
DELAWARE 6.8 Democrat
MISSOURI 6.9 Mixed
MARYLAND 6.9 Democrat
LOUISIANA 7 Republican
OHIO 7 Mixed
IDAHO 7.1 Republican
ARKANSAS 7.1 Democrat
WISCONSIN 7.3 Republican
ALASKA 7.5 Republican
MAINE 7.6 Republican
WEST VIRGINIA 7.6 Democrat
COLORADO 8 Mixed
ARIZONA 8.2 Republican
INDIANA 8.2 Republican
PENNSYLVANIA 8.2 Republican
ALABAMA 8.3 Republican
TENNESSEE 8.3 Republican
KENTUCKY 8.4 Mixed
WASHINGTON 8.5 Democrat
FLORIDA 8.7 Republican
OREGON 8.7 Mixed
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 8.7 Democrat
ILLINOIS 8.8 Democrat
NEW YORK 8.9 Mixed
CONNECTICUT 8.9 Democrat
GEORGIA 9 Republican
SOUTH CAROLINA 9.1 Republican
MISSISSIPPI 9.2 Republican
MICHIGAN 9.3 Republican
NORTH CAROLINA 9.6 Republican
NEW JERSEY 9.8 Democrat
CALIFORNIA 10.2 Democrat
RHODE ISLAND 10.5 Democrat
NEVADA 11.8 Democrat

The average unemployment rate in Republican controlled states was 7.118%. Out of the top 14 states 2 are “mixed” leglisslatures and two are Democrat while the other ten are Republican.

The average unemployment rate in states where there was no clear control of Republican or Democrat i.e. “Mixed” states was essentially the same at 7.125%

But the average unemployment rate in Democrat contolled states was 8.1% with the top four highest unemployment rate states being controlled by Democrats. This does not answer the question of causation however. Do states with high unemployment vote Democrat or does a Democratically controlled state cause higher unemployment?

See Also:

Worldwide Unemployment Rates

May Unemployment Statistics by State

Is the Government Fudging Unemployment Numbers?

How U.S. Unemployment Rates Compare to other OECD Countries

The Difference a Degree Makes in Unemployment Levels

 

 

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