West Virginia reports highest level of unemployment

March 07, 2000

With a 1999 unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, West Virginia reported the highest unemployment rate of any State. Alaska followed with an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent.

States with the highest unemployment rates in 1999
[Chart data—TXT]

Three other States plus the District of Columbia had unemployment rates in excess of 5.5 percent in 1999. These included the District of Columbia at 6.3 percent, Oregon at 5.7 percent, Hawaii at 5.6 percent and New Mexico at 5.6 percent.

Of the eleven States with jobless rates above 5.0 percent in 1999, seven were in the West. The West registered the highest unemployment rate (4.9 percent) of the four regions for the eighth consecutive year.

These data are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see State and Regional Unemployment, 1999 Annual Averages (USDL 00-56).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, West Virginia reports highest level of unemployment on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/mar/wk1/art02.htm (visited August 24, 2016).

OF INTEREST

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.