Select a state to view seasonally adjusted unemployment rates dating back to 2009.
With the jobless rate as high as 8.7 percent in some places, many states are getting personal by offering one-on-one or group counseling and training to help people with the mechanics of a job search.
1.3 million Americans will lose benefits immediately.
The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June, unemployment remained steady at 8.2 percent and state and local governments added another 4,000 jobs, according to Friday's monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The federal government has made money available for a new approach to unemployment, but states have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to get it.
Many states have experienced large drops in labor force participation since the recession began. View historical data for each state.
The Obama administration is looking for states that will experiment with unemployment insurance programs by letting people test a job while still receiving benefits.
The latest jobs report shows state and local government employment remained mostly unchanged in March.
The Supreme Court has reaffirmed certain states' rights in the workplace.
Track monthly changes in state and local government employment with our chart of Labor Department data.
How did your state's unemployment rate compare to others last year? BLS data shows year-over-year improvements for most states.
Economists issue their 2012 forecast for the nation's unemployment rate, a key issue in the November elections.
New Labor Department figures show unemployment rates declined in 37 states last month.
An estimated 280,000 public employee jobs were cut in 2011, with local governments accounting for most of the losses.
New figures released by the Labor Department show unemployment rates fell in 43 states. View state breakdowns for government payrolls.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two-and-a-half years. Governments, though, lost another 20,000 jobs for the month.
New figures showed 36 states recorded monthly unemployment rate declines in October, but numbers for most states remained relatively unchanged.
The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October. The unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from 9.1 percent, the first time it has fallen since July and the lowest rate since April, the government said Friday.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new employment figures for October, showing governments continued to cut payrolls. State governments reported the most significant decline, losing 20,000 jobs for the month.
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a hopeful sign that the job market might be picking up.
New figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 25 states reported slight declines in unemployment. View and compare figures for each state with our data tool.
A burdensome unemployment insurance system may be hindering job growth, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.
N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has suspended some provisions of new legislation that would reform the state's unemployment system.
View and compare new estimates of 2010 median household incomes for each state.
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States are charging employers higher taxes to pay back federal loans for unemployment benefits.
Mayors from manufacturing communities urge cities to buy American-made products. But is that practical?