May Unemployment Statistics by State

U.S. Unemployment Rate by State

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released their Unemployment rates by State. So we can see how the various states compare. From the chart below we can see that California, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Rhode Island are all doing worse than the national average. New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon are all average in their unemployment rates while the remainder are above average.

Unemployment Rate by State

How the Unemployment Rates of Various States Compare

Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states at 11.6 percent in May. Rhode Island and California posted the next highest rates, 11.0 and 10.8 percent, respectively. North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.0 percent, followed by Nebraska, 3.9 percent.

South Dakota, 4.3%, Vermont 4.6%, and Oklahoma at 4.8% were all below 5%. While New Hampshire, Iowa, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Virginia were all between 5% and 6%.

 

State Unemployment   rate
Alabama 7.4%
Alaska 7.0%
Arizona 8.2%
Arkansas 7.3%
California 10.8%
Colorado 8.1%
Connecticut 7.8%
Delaware 6.8%
District of Columbia 9.3%
Florida 8.6%
Georgia 8.9%
Hawaii 6.3%
Idaho 7.8%
Illinois 8.6%
Indiana 7.9%
Iowa 5.1%
Kansas 6.1%
Kentucky 8.2%
Louisiana 7.2%
Maine 7.4%
Maryland 6.8%
Massachusetts 6.0%
Michigan 8.5%
Minnesota 5.6%
Mississippi 8.7%
Missouri 7.3%
Montana 6.3%
Nebraska 3.9%
Nevada 11.6%
New Hampshire 5.0%
New Jersey 9.2%
New Mexico 6.7%
New York 8.6%
North Carolina 9.4%
North Dakota 3.0%
Ohio 7.3%
Oklahoma 4.8%
Oregon 8.4%
Pennsylvania 7.4%
Rhode Island 11.0%
South Carolina 9.1%
South Dakota 4.3%
Tennessee 7.9%
Texas 6.9%
Utah 6.0%
Vermont 4.6%
Virginia 5.6%
Washington 8.3%
West Virginia 6.9%
Wisconsin 6.8%
Wyoming 5.2%

 

State Unemployment Rates vs Political Party Affiliation

The following graphic shows states by political party affiliation based on the most recent Presidential elections. It looks very similar to the above graphic of unemployment rates.

Red=Republican, Blue=Democrat, Purple = Mixed .

Based on Wikipedia Red and Blue States

Unemployment Based on Political Affiliation

The following table is sorted with the lowest Unemployment states at the top and the highest at the bottom.

If we look at the states based on the Party affiliation of the State legislature which presumably would have the most influence on the political climate of the state.  Red=Republican, Blue=Democrat, Purple = Mixed

The first table includes the best 25% of the states i.e. those with the lowest unemployment rate.  aka the top 25th percentile.

   Lowest 25% Unemployment Rate States
State Unemployment Rate State
Legislature
Affiliation
North Dakota 3.0% Republican
Nebraska 3.9% Mixed
South Dakota 4.3% Republican
Vermont 4.6% Democrat
Oklahoma 4.8% Republican
New Hampshire 5.0% Republican
Iowa 5.1% Mixed
Wyoming 5.2% Republican
Minnesota 5.6% Republican
Virginia 5.6% Republican
Massachusetts 6.0% Democrat
Utah 6.0% Republican
Kansas 6.1% Republican

Next we’ll look at the bottom 12th percentile i.e. those with the worst unemplyment rates.

Highest 12% Unemployment Rate States
State Unemployment Rate State
Legislature

Affiliation
New Jersey 9.2% Democrat
District of Columbia 9.3% Democrat
North Carolina 9.4% Republican
California 10.8% Democrat
Rhode Island 11.0% Democrat
Nevada 11.6% Democrat

Of the bottom 25th percentile i.e. those with the worst unemplyment rates 7 are Democratic and 6 are Republican but I’m not sure how Michigan elected a Republican legislature since they traditionally vote Democrat in Presidental elections.  Montana 6.3%, Minnesota 5.6%, New Hampshire 5.0%, and North Carolina 9.4% have Democrats for Governor and Republican houses which may qualify them as Purple states. New Mexico with an Unemployment rate of 6.7% has a Democratic house and a Republican Governor.

   Highest 25% Unemployment Rate States
State Unemployment Rate State
Legislature

Affiliation
Michigan 8.5% Republican
Florida 8.6% Republican
Illinois 8.6% Democrat
New York 8.6% Democrat
Mississippi 8.7% Republican
Georgia 8.9% Republican
South Carolina 9.1% Republican
New Jersey 9.2% Democrat
District of Columbia 9.3% Democrat
North Carolina 9.4% Republican
California 10.8% Democrat
Rhode Island 11.0% Democrat
Nevada 11.6% Democrat

 

Here is the full Table:

 

State Unemployment
Rate
State Legislature
Affiliation
North Dakota 3.0% Republican
Nebraska 3.9% Mixed
South Dakota 4.3% Republican
Vermont 4.6% Democrat
Oklahoma 4.8% Republican
New Hampshire 5.0% Republican
Iowa 5.1% Mixed
Wyoming 5.2% Republican
Minnesota 5.6% Republican
Virginia 5.6% Republican
Massachusetts 6.0% Democrat
Utah 6.0% Republican
Kansas 6.1% Republican
Hawaii 6.3% Democrat
Montana 6.3% Republican
New Mexico 6.7% Democrat
Delaware 6.8% Democrat
Maryland 6.8% Democrat
Wisconsin 6.8% Republican
Texas 6.9% Republican
West Virginia 6.9% Democrat
Alaska 7.0% Republican
Louisiana 7.2% Republican
Arkansas 7.3% Democrat
Missouri 7.3% Mixed
Ohio 7.3% Mixed
Alabama 7.4% Republican
Maine 7.4% Republican
Pennsylvania 7.4% Republican
Connecticut 7.8% Democrat
Idaho 7.8% Republican
Indiana 7.9% Republican
Tennessee 7.9% Republican
Colorado 8.1% Mixed
Arizona 8.2% Republican
Kentucky 8.2% Mixed
Washington 8.3% Democrat
Oregon 8.4% Mixed
Michigan 8.5% Republican
Florida 8.6% Republican
Illinois 8.6% Democrat
New York 8.6% Mixed
Mississippi 8.7% Republican
Georgia 8.9% Republican
South Carolina 9.1% Republican
New Jersey 9.2% Democrat
District of Columbia 9.3% Democrat
North Carolina 9.4% Republican
California 10.8% Democrat
Rhode Island 11.0% Democrat
Nevada 11.6% Democrat

 

The average unemployment Rate of Republican States is  7.0%%

The average for the Democratic States is 8.0%,

There are 5  mixed states with the lower house one party and the upper house another party. Their average is in the middle between Democratic And Republican numbers at 7.6%.

 

 

 

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Data  Source:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2012 Unemployment Rates by State  Click for interactive Image

Wikepedia List of State Legislatures

 

 

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