State unemployment rates, June 2010

July 23, 2010

Nevada again reported the highest unemployment rate among the States in June, 14.2 percent—a new series high. All region, division, and State series begin in 1976.

Unemployment rates, June 2010, selected States, seasonally adjusted
[Chart data]

The States with the next highest rates were Michigan, 13.2 percent; California, 12.3 percent; and Rhode Island 12.0 percent.

North Dakota continued to register the lowest job rate, 3.6 percent, followed by South Dakota and Nebraska, 4.5 and 4.8 percent, respectively.

In June, 25 States posted jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 9.5 percent, 10 States had measurably higher rates, and 15 States and the District of Columbia had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the Nation.

Nevada recorded the largest jobless rate increase from June 2009 (+2.3 percentage points). Five additional States had smaller, but also statistically significant, increases. Eight States reported significant over-the-year rate decreases in June, the largest of which was Minnesota (‑1.6 percentage points). The remaining 36 States and the District of Columbia registered jobless rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment—June 2010" (HTML) (PDF), new release USDL-10-0992.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State unemployment rates, June 2010 on the Internet at (visited September 29, 2016).


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.