Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Carpe Diem Exclusive

Carpe Diem exclusive: In December, I reported that 15 U.S. states set historical record-low unemployment rates in 2006 through November. State unemployment rates for December were just released today by the BLS, and although the number of states setting historical record low jobless rates in 2006 remained steady at 15 (see states below), several states like Hawaii and New Mexico had December rates that broke the previous record set earlier in the year. Here are the 15 states that set historical record low jobless rates in 2006:

Alabama: 3.2% in November
Arizona: 3.6% in August
California: 4.5% in October
Florida: 3.0% in June
Hawaii: 2.0% in October
Idaho: 3.2% in December
Illinois: 4.1% in December
Louisiana: 2.9% in July
Montana: 3.4% in March
Nevada: 3.6% in January
New Mexico: 3.8% in December
New York: 4.0% in October
Utah: 2.5% in October
Washington: 4.6% in March
W. Virigina: 3.8% in January

A Google News (and Yahoo News) search indicates that nobody has yet reported this, shouldn't that be big economic news that almost 1 out of 3 states have set record-low jobless rates in 2006? If I were George Bush, I think I would mention this tonight.


At 1/23/2007 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree George Bush needs to announce any positive in 2006 he was head of. I too will be listening tonight as George Bush addresses the Union (is this the last time?), and let's see if he does mention this. We may be able to catch a glimpse of the twelve democrats, which includes Senator Hillary Clinton, sitting in the audience who want to take his job. :)

At 1/23/2007 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just checked the labor statistics website www.bls.gov and Michigan is 7.1%. I hope that does not go higher.

At 1/23/2007 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is that the twelve democrats will have the typical sour look on their faces when any good news is mentioned. High employment rates will just be discounted as low-paying, Walmart jobs. Sorry to be so cynical...just tired of the blatant partisanship.


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