According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 21 states saw their unemployment rate decrease in April 2009 vs. March 2009 and 18 states (& Washington DC) saw their unemployment rate increase month-on-month.
The States with the highest rates of unemployment in April include:
- Michigan 12.9% (up 0.3pp in the month)
- Oregon 12.0% (down 0.1pp in the month)
- South Carolina 11.5% (up 0.1pp)
- Rhode Island 11.1% (up 0.6 pp)
- California 11.0% (down 0.2 pp)
- North Carolina 10.8% (same)
- Nevada 10.6% (up 0.2pp)
- Ohio 10.2% (up 0.5pp)
- Indiana 9.9% (down 0.1)
- Washington DC 9.9% (up 0.1)
- Tennessee 9.9% (up 0.3)
- Kentucky 9.8% (same)
- Florida 9.6% (down 0.1)
Now in order for the increase/decrease in unemployment rate to be statistically significant in the month it should move by at least 0.3 percentage points---so statistically speaking most of the states were flat March to April---But things definitely got worse in Michigan, Rhode Island, Ohio and Tennessee.