The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us

The top local business stories in your email

Contact Us:

Josh O'Connor
Phone: 425-339-3007

Maureen Bozlinski
General Sales Manager
Phone: 425-339-3445
Fax: 425-339-3049

Jim Davis
Phone: 425-339-3097

Site address:
1800 41st Street, S-300,
Everett, WA 98203

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 930
Everett, WA 98206

HBJ RSS feeds

Jobless rates rose in 18 states last month

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
By Christopher S. Rugaber
Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates rose in 18 U.S. states in May, the most in nine months. Increasing unemployment in more than a third of U.S. states is the latest evidence of a weaker job market.
The Labor Department said that unemployment rates fell in only 14 states. That's fewer than the previous month, when rates fell in 37 states. Rates were unchanged in 18 states.
Nationally, the rate rose to 8.2 percent in May from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in almost a year. Employers added only 69,000 jobs, the fewest in 12 months.
Still, 27 states added jobs in May. California gained the most, adding 33,900. Ohio was next with 19,600.
North Carolina reported the biggest loss, shedding 16,500 jobs. It was followed by Pennsylvania, which lost nearly 10,000.
Nevada had the nation's highest unemployment rate, at 11.6 percent, followed by Rhode Island's 11 percent and California's 10.8 percent.
Washington state's employment rate for May was 8.3 percent, rising slightly from April's rate of 8.2 percent. The jobless rate for May 2011 was 9.3 percent.
North Dakota, meanwhile, reported the nation's lowest rate of 3 percent. Nebraska had the next lowest, at 3.9 percent.
Despite the slowdown in hiring in recent months, some of the hardest-hit states have seen substantial improvement in the past year.
Michigan and Nevada have both seen their unemployment rates fall 2.1 percentage points in the past 12 months. Both states still have higher unemployment rates than the national average. But Michigan's rate was 8.5 percent last month, down from 10.6 percent in May 2011.
Florida and Mississippi have seen their rates fall 2 percentage points in the past 12 months. Florida's rate was 8.6 percent, down from 10.6 percent in the same month last year. Mississippi's is 8.7 percent, down from 10.7 percent in May 2011.
Some of those declines reflect more hiring. The nation has gained more than 1 million jobs in the past six months.
But the lower rates also are a result of more people becoming discouraged and dropping out of the work force. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively looking for work.
Story tags » JobsUnemployment



Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus

Market roundup