Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In most US states, job markets show signs of life

Employment steadily improved in most U.S. states in March, and jobless rates dipped in states that had posted record highs just a few months ago, according to government data released on Tuesday.

Unemployment rates fell in 34 states in March from February. Only seven states saw rates rise, while rates in nine states and the District of Columbia were unchanged, a Labor Department report showed.

Compared with a year ago, jobless rates fell in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Nevada again notched the highest rate, marking at least 10 months in a row when it has registered the worst unemployment conditions. But it continued to back off its record 14.5 percent jobless rate hit in December, dropping to 13.2 percent in March.

California, with an unemployment rate of 12 percent, and Florida, at 11.1 percent, followed, though those March rates also showed declines…

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