Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.
Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

Georgia has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S., according to newly released report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gov. Nathan Deal, who is in a tight reelection race, suggested that politicking is behing the “historically faulty” data.

Georgia Democratic Party chairman DuBose Porter said: “You know it’s bad when Mississippi is saying, “Thank goodness for Georgia.”” The comment was based on the fact that Georgia had the second-worst unemployment rate, behind only Mississippi, for July. That rate improved in August to 7.9 percent while Georgia’s numbers inched up.

Here’s the chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Unemployment Rates for States
Monthly Rankings
Seasonally Adjusted
Aug. 2014p
RankStateRate
1NORTH DAKOTA2.8
2NEBRASKA3.6
2SOUTH DAKOTA3.6
2UTAH3.6
5VERMONT4.1
6HAWAII4.3
6MINNESOTA4.3
8NEW HAMPSHIRE4.4
9IOWA4.5
10WYOMING4.6
11IDAHO4.7
11MONTANA4.7
11OKLAHOMA4.7
14KANSAS4.9
15COLORADO5.1
16TEXAS5.3
17MAINE5.6
17VIRGINIA5.6
17WASHINGTON5.6
17WISCONSIN5.6
21OHIO5.7
22INDIANA5.8
22LOUISIANA5.8
22MASSACHUSETTS5.8
22PENNSYLVANIA5.8
26ARKANSAS6.3
26FLORIDA6.3
26MISSOURI6.3
29MARYLAND6.4
29NEW YORK6.4
29SOUTH CAROLINA6.4
32DELAWARE6.5
33CONNECTICUT6.6
33NEW JERSEY6.6
33WEST VIRGINIA6.6
36ILLINOIS6.7
36NEW MEXICO6.7
38ALASKA6.8
38NORTH CAROLINA6.8
40ALABAMA6.9
41ARIZONA7.1
41KENTUCKY7.1
43OREGON7.2
44CALIFORNIA7.4
44MICHIGAN7.4
44TENNESSEE7.4
47DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA7.6
47NEVADA7.6
49RHODE ISLAND7.7
50MISSISSIPPI7.9
51GEORGIA8.1