Friday, November 20, 2009

Unemployment Climbs to 10.2%, Washington DC Shows 52 Week Gain in Employment

If you need evidence government is ballooning out of control, while the rest of the country sinks, look no further than the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment numbers put out today. 

Over the last 52 weeks, nonfarm employment decreased in all 50 states and increased only in Washington D.C. (Note the unemployment percentage is climbing in D.C., but that's because more are moving here to get on the gravy train). But flat out, only in the D.C., and not in any state, are more people working in October 2009, than October 2008.

The national unemployment rate is now up to 10.2 percent in October, up 0.4 percentage point from September and 3.6 points from October 2008. And this doesn't count discouraged workers etc.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 13 states registered rate decreases, and 8 states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in New York (-15,300), followed by Florida (-8,500), Georgia (-7,500), Virginia (-7,100), and South Carolina (-5,800). Wyoming (-0.9 percent) experienced the largest over-the-month percentage decrease in employment, followed by Idaho and Nevada (-0.4 percent each), and South Carolina (-0.3 per-
cent). . The largest over-the-year percentage decreases occurred in Arizona (-6.9 percent), Michigan (-6.4 percent), Nevada (-6.0 percent), Georgia (-5.6 percent), and Wyoming (-5.5 percent)

In October, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 28 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 21 states, and remained unchanged in 1 state. The largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in Texas (+41,700), followed by Michigan (+38,600), California (+25,700), North Carolina (+12,100), and Pennsylvania (+10,600). Michigan experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+1.0 percent), followed by the District of Columbia (+0.8 percent), Montana (+0.7 percent), Oklahoma (+0.6 percent), and Utah (+0.5 percent).

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