Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Michigan Is STILL #1—In Unemployment

Yes, indeed: For the umpteenth month in a row, Michigan has secured the top spot in the unemployment rankings (see map here). Here are your top five—and notice the margin with which we lead!

  • Michigan, 11.6%
  • South Carolina, 10.4% (up 1.6%)
  • Rhode Island, 10.3%
  • California, 10.1% (up 1.4%)
  • Oregon, 9.9% (up 1.6%)
A total of eight states, plus the District of Columbia, topped the 9% mark. The national average was 8.1%.

Forty-nine states did not see a drop in unemployment; Louisiana went from 5.5% to 5.1%. Wyoming still leads the other end of the list with 3.7% unemployment.

I thought Governor Granholm said we were "going to blown away"? Did she really mean that Michigan was going to blow everyone else away in this department?

4 comments: said...

Worth noting, too, that Michigan's 11.6% is up from an adjusted 10.2% in December.

That's a precipitous fall.


I don't know about the rest of you, but I could go for a little bit of hope and a heck of a lot of change right about now.


Kevin Rex Heine said...

Hang on, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is one place in the U. S. where the unemployment is worse than Michigan. Puerto Rico has a 13.0% unemployment rate for January 2009.

So there, we're not the worst after all.

Ken said...

We could also mention that we are ahead of several third-world countries, too. But of the fifty nifty united states, we're in the lead!

bear said...

Granholm's task was to simply get a large chunk of the state's population to move and leave. Losing 400k jobs is part of the strategy.

The stats also are not counting the underemployed and the oddly employed ( folks working jobs they do not want to be working in with the skills they previously had).

What's strange to me is the majority of the jos lost were her parties bread and butter ( auto working unionmembers). And they still believe the dems are best for our state.