The unemployment rate in Michigan in August 2009 was 15.2%, up slightly from 15.0% in July, and the same as 15.2% of June. The good news here for Michiganders is that it appears that it has stablized. The uptick of 0.2% in one month could easily be noise. The data are calculated from a stratified random sample survey data. There’s a margin of error in the estimate of any result.
Nationally, though, it appears that unemployment is still rising. This and the graph come from Calculated Risk and
from the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary
Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia reported over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 16 states registered rate decreases, and 7 states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the year, jobless rates increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent in August. Michigan continued to have the highest unemployment rate among the states, 15.2 percent. Nevada recorded the next highest rate, 13.2 percent, followed by Rhode Island, 12.8 percent, and California and Oregon, 12.2 percent each. The rates in California, Nevada, and Rhode Island set new series highs.