Even as the economy continues to improve and the national jobless rate decreases, nine states and the District of Columbia continue to have measurably higher unemployment rates than the national average. In the first state-by-state unemployment rate examination since the federal shutdown ended, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that 28 states saw jobless rates decrease, and over the last year, unemployment rates have declined in 38 states.
Currently that national unemployment average is 7.3 percent.
For states like Nevada, which continues to lead the nation with the highest unemployment rate (9.3 percent), these high rates still signal progress. 9.3 percent unemployment is the lowest Nevada has seen in five years.
Seventeen other states had jobless rates significantly lower than the national average, and 24 states had rates that were closely in line with the national rate. North Dakota continued to have the lowest jobless rate (2.7 percent).
The highest unemployment rates for October 2013 are listed below.
- Nevada, 9.3 percent
- Rhode Island, 9.2 percent
- Michigan, 9.0 percent
- Washington, D.C., 8.9 percent
- Illinois, 8.9 percent
- California, 8.7 percent
- Kentucky, 8.4 percent
- New Jersey, 8.4 percent
- Tennessee, 8.4 percent
- Georgia, 8.1 percent
Read more about your state’s unemployment rate and see how it compares to the national average here.