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March 2009 Unemployment Rates for States

Below is a table showing the unemployment rates for March 2009 by state. Source: U.S. Department Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
 
Mar. 2009p
Historical High
Historical Low
State
Rate
Date
Rate
Date
Rate
Alabama 9.0 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.5 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 7.8 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 6.5 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 11.2 Mar. 2009 11.2 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 7.5 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 7.5 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 7.7 Jan. 1977 8.2 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 9.8 Mar. 1983 11.4 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 9.7 Mar. 2009 9.7 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 9.2 Mar. 2009 9.2 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 7.1 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 7.0 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 9.1 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 10.0 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 5.2 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 6.1 Sept. 1982 7.4 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 9.8 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 5.8 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.1 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 6.9 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 7.8 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 12.6 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 8.2 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 9.4 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 8.7 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.1 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 4.6 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 10.4 Dec. 1982 10.7 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 6.2 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 8.3 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 5.9 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 7.8 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 10.8 Mar. 2009 10.8 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.2 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 9.7 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 5.9 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 12.1 Mar. 2009 12.1 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 7.8 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 10.5 Mar. 2009 10.5 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 11.4 Mar. 2009 11.4 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 4.9 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 9.6 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 6.7 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 5.2 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 7.2 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.8 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.2 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 6.9 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.5 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 4.5 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.


p = preliminary.

See this table at the US Government Department of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/web/lauhsthl.htm.

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