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Times are Tough, Tougher in Michigan, California, Rhode Island and South Carolina,

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The U.S. unemployment rate, released March 6,  rose to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since 1983. Some economists predict the U.S. jobless rate will surpass double digits. In California, Michigan, Rhode Island and South Carolina, it already has.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released data March 11 on state and regional unemployment rates, based on January data. The numbers reveal the four states had crossed the line of double-digit unemployment, traditionally considered one of the definitions of an economic depression. Michigan had crossed the line in December, according to the BLS’ previous Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary.

  • Michigan – 11.6 percent (up from 10.2 percent in December)
  • South Carolina – 10.4 (up from 8.8 percent)
  • Rhode Island – 10.3 (up from 9.4 percent)
  • California – 10.1 (up from 8.7 percent)

Who is beating the U.S. average?

  • Utah – 4.6 (up from 4.1 percent in December)
  • South Dakota – 4.4 (up from 3.7 percent)
  • Nebraska – 4.3 (up from 3.9 percent)
  • North Dakota – 4.2 (up from 3.3 percent)

The BLS provides lots of data points on broad industry sectors, also by state and region, that might prove more helpful in informing your job search, but it is even more helpful to know your vertical. It isn’t enough to know that Maryland lost 1,000 manufacturing jobs between December and January.
James Kasprzyk, a medical device marketing manager we profiled in January, is a Wisconsin native, but found his way to a corridor of biotechnology and medical device businesses in Phoenix, Flagstaff and the Oro Valley, Arizona (northwest of Tucson).
Unemployment in Arizona is 7 percent, and Arizona shed 3,100 healthcare jobs between November and January; nevertheless, Kasprzyk called the state a “hot spot for a medical marketing manager to find a job.”

U.S. Unemployment by State (Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary, March, 2009):

  • Michigan    11.6
  • South Carolina    10.4
  • Rhode Island    10.3
  • California    10.1
  • Oregon    9.9
  • North Carolina    9.7
  • Nevada    9.4
  • District of Columbia    9.3
  • Indiana    9.2
  • Ohio    8.8
  • Kentucky    8.7
  • Mississippi    8.7
  • Florida    8.6
  • Georgia    8.6
  • Tennessee    8.6
  • Missouri    8
  • Alaska    7.9
  • Illinois    7.9
  • Alabama    7.8
  • Maine    7.8
  • Washington    7.8
  • Minnesota    7.6
  • Massachusetts    7.4
  • Connecticut    7.3
  • New Jersey    7.3
  • Arizona    7
  • New York    7
  • Pennsylvania    7
  • Wisconsin    6.9
  • Vermont    6.8
  • Delaware    6.7
  • Colorado    6.6
  • Idaho    6.6
  • Arkansas    6.4
  • Texas    6.4
  • Maryland    6.2
  • Hawaii    6.1
  • Virginia    6
  • Kansas    5.8
  • Montana    5.6
  • West Virginia    5.3
  • New Hampshire    5.1
  • New Mexico    5.1
  • Iowa    4.8
  • Utah    4.6
  • South Dakota    4.4
  • Nebraska    4.3
  • North Dakota    4.2

(Based on January 2009 Data)

(Image of United States Map by Marxchivist, CC 2.0)

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