The number of unemployed Americans declined in 44 states in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of the declines were significant, particularly for some of the states with the hardest-hit economies. But Nevada, which dethroned Michigan in May for the worst labor market, was one of the few that saw its unemployment rate rise, to a terrible 14.2%. Here's a quick breakdown of the data.
Let's get the bad news out of the way. The six states that had more jobless were Louisiana, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Montana, and Colorado. But even among that list, only the first three had more than 1,000 jobs lost. In terms of unemployment rates, the most deterioration took place in Nevada and Louisiana, which each saw their rates increase by 0.2%, to 14.2% and 7.0%, respectively.
The rest of the news is good. Seven states enjoyed more than 10,000 net new jobs. Nine saw their unemployment rates fall by at least 0.4%. New Hampshire's rate fell by the most, 0.5% to 5.9%.
Of the ten worst state labor markets, only Nevada's unemployment rate rose. In Michigan, the rate declined by 0.4% to 13.2%. In California, the rate fell slightly by 0.1% to 12.3%. Florida and Rhode Island saw their unemployment rate decrease by 0.3%, to 11.4% and 12.0%, respectively. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska continued to have the lowest unemployment rates, at 3.6%, 4.5%, and 4.8%, respectively. Maybe a good stimulus project would be a free one-way bus ride for unemployed Nevadans to move to one of those three states.