States with highest unemployment rates in 2005

March 06, 2006

Mississippi and Louisiana recorded the highest jobless rates among the states in 2005, 7.9 and 7.1 percent, respectively.

States with the highest unemployment rates, and U.S. unemployment rate, 2005
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Three other states had rates above 6.5 percent—Alaska and South Carolina (6.8 percent each) and Michigan (6.7 percent).

Overall, 18 states and the District of Columbia registered rates above the national average of 5.1 percent.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see "State and Regional Unemployment, 2005 Annual Averages" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-362.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, States with highest unemployment rates in 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/mar/wk1/art01.htm (visited July 31, 2014).

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