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Among the States, Rhode Island had the largest jump in its jobless rate (+2.6 percentage points) in 2008.
Florida and Nevada reported the next largest rate increases (+2.1 and +2.0 percentage points, respectively).
Twenty-one additional States and the District of Columbia recorded increases in their unemployment rates of at least 1.0 percentage point.
The annual average unemployment rate for the United States climbed by 1.2 percentage points over the year.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. To learn more, see "Regional and State Unemployment, 2008 Annual Averages" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0186.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2007-08 changes in State unemployment rates at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk1/art02.htm (visited May 29, 2023).