Eight states are suffering double-digit unemployment. Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary, released April 17 by the Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, revealed that Oregon, North Carolina, Nevada and Indiana had topped 10 percent unemployment, traditionally considered one of the definitions of an economic depression. Michigan, California, South Carolina and Rhode Island passed 10 percent unemployment earlier.
Four other states and the District of Columbia lingered just below double digits – District of Columbia, Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee and New York.
The national average for March rose to 8.5 percent.
|State||March Unemployment||February Unemployment|
|District of Columbia||9.8||9.3|