New State Unemployment Data Released

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- State and local unemployment data are out Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  As usual, the news is mixed.

Nevada continues to record the highest unemployment rate, at 12 percent.  Rhode Island and California have the next highest rates, 11.1 and 11 percent, respectively.  North Dakota has the lowest jobless rate, three percent, followed by Nebraska at four percent.   

The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent.

As a group, 23 states have unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. average, while seven states and Washington D.C. have measurably higher rates and 20 states have rates not much different from that of the country as a whole.

Here's the unemployment rate in key states in the 2012 presidential election:

  • Arizona -- 8.6%
  • Colorado -- 7.8%
  • Florida -- 9%
  • Iowa -- 5.2%
  • Missouri -- 7.4%
  • Nevada -- 12%
  • New Hampshire -- 5.2%
  • North Carolina -- 9.7%
  • Ohio -- 7.5%
  • Pennsylvania -- 7.5%
  • Virginia -- 5.6%

Click here to read the full report.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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