The unemployment rate was highest in Washington following a mass layoff action by Boeing Co ? which, along with the troubled airline sector, is struggling to turn a profit. In Washington, the unemployment rate rose to 6.6% in October, up from 6.1% the previous month.
Though few states have managed to escape an economic slump that saw gross domestic product contract by 0.4% the previous quarter, states dependent on tourism presented a particularly bleak unemployment picture, specifically:
- Nevada, where the jobless rate reached 6.3% from 4.8% the previous month, and
- Hawaii, where unemployment increased to 5.3% from 4.4%
The current economic contraction has also taken a high toll on:
- Oregon, where the unemployment rate increased to 6.5% and
- Washington DC, where joblessness was at 6.3%
The state with the lowest unemployment rate in the country was North Dakota at 2%, up from 1.7% the previous month, followed by Delaware and Nebraska, both at 3%.