Saturday, April 21, 2007

Carpe Diem Exclusive!

Carpe Diem Exclusive: In a previous Carpe Diem exclusive, I reported in January that 15 U.S. states set historical record-low jobless rates in 2006 - nobody else reported this. Well, the labor market news just keeps getting better all the time, now more than 1 out of every 3 states has set a record-low unemployment rate since last July, and yet nobody reports this??

State unemployment rates for March were just released yesterday
by the BLS, and there are now 18 states that have experienced historical record-low jobless rates in the last 8 months since July 2006, and 12 of those states set record-low rates in January, February or March of this year.

Here are the 18 states with historical record-low jobless rates since July 2006:

Alabama: 3.3% in November 2006
Alaska: 5.9% in March 2007
Arizona: 3.9% in March 2007
California: 4.7% in November 2006
Florida: 3.2% in October 2006
Hawaii: 2.0% in December 2006
Idaho: 2.8% in March 2007
Illinois: 4.0% in November 2006
Louisiana: 3.3% in July 2006
Montana: 2.0% in March 2007
Nevada: 4.1% in May 2006
New Mexico: 3.5% in February 2007
New York: 4.0% in March 2007
Pennsylvania: 3.8% in March 2007
Texas: 4.3% in March 2007
Utah: 2.3% in February 2007
Washington: 4.6% in March 2007
W. Virginia: 4.0% in January 2007

A Google News (and Yahoo) search indicates that nobody has yet reported this - shouldn't that be big economic news that more than 1 out of 3 states have set record-low jobless rates since last July?

There are many reports on individual states setting record-low job less rates, click here for
Washington, click here for Montana, click here for Alabama, click here for Alabama, but nothing at the national level about 18 states setting records for jobless rates! Doesn't the White House or somebody want to take credit for this phenomenal record of so many states setting historical low unemployment rates?

1 Comments:

At 4/21/2007 10:14 AM, Anonymous Walt G. said...

"Doesn't the White House or somebody want to take credit for this phenomenal record of so many states setting historical low unemployment rates?"



Maybe there are too busy trying to explain the unemployment rates of some federal judges.

 

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