Nevada Leads Nation With Highest Unemployment Rate

Nevada Unemployment Outlined on Map of United States - IllustrationThe BLS ("Bureau of Labor Statistics") released their Regional and State Employment and Unemployment report for March 2013 earlier today (note: I will be updating the state unemployment numbers on this site shortly)

According to the BLS, 26 states reported unemployment rate decreases in the month of March. A total of 7 states reported an increase, while the remaining states had no change.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 23 states in March, while the remainder posted a decrease. Florida (+32,700) and California (+25,500) led the way in terms of job creation, while Ohio (-20,400) and Illinois (-17,800) had the highest number of job losses.


According to the BLS, Nevada posted the nation's highest unemployment rate in March (9.7%). The next highest states were Illinois (9.5%), California (9.4%) and Mississippi (9.4%).

Nevada has seen their unemployment rate drop by nearly 2% over the past 12 months. All 50 US states now have unemployment rates of less than 10%, breaking a trend that was in place for a number of years.

North Dakota posted the lowest unemployment rate in March (3.3%).


According to the BLS report, Texas (+329,500), California (+285,900) and Florida (+141,300) have posted the largest increases in new jobs over the past 12 months.


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