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The unemployment rate rose in 48 states in May, according to The Wall Street Journal. In eight states, unemployment reached its highest level in the 33 years the U.S. Department of Labor has kept monthly data.

Michigan, which significantly was affected by automobile plant closures, had the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. as it rose from 12.9 percent in April to 14.1 percent in May.

Oregon's unemployment rate was the next highest, reaching 12.4 percent—the highest for the state according to records that go back to 1976.

Rhode Island and South Carolina had record unemployment rates of 12.1 percent; California had a record unemployment rate of 11.5 percent; and Florida, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina also had record-high unemployment rates.

The unemployment rate rose above the national rate of 9.4 percent in 16 states and Washington, D.C. North Dakota and Nebraska, with farm economies protecting them from job losses, had the lowest unemployment rates.

Payrolls were below year-ago levels in 48 of the 50 states.


6/30/2009

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