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Mississippi and Louisiana recorded the highest jobless rates among the states in 2005, 7.9 and 7.1 percent, respectively.
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, States with highest unemployment rates in 2005 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/mar/wk1/art01.htm (visited June 06, 2023).