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21 states' job-loss data worse than Florida's

There's a bright side to Florida's painful slog through higher unemployment: September was nicer to us than a lot of other states.

With its unemployment rate staying steady at 6.6 percent, Florida outperformed 21 other states and the District of Columbia, all of which posted unemployment percentage increases from August to September. That's according to a state-by-state comparison released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The biggest job losers: Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arizona and Kentucky shed a combined 109,300 jobs in just four weeks.

Montana led the country in the dubious category of percentage drop in employment (-1.5 percent).

Florida was joined by five other states with no change in unemployment; 23 states improved.

Alas, from the glass-half-empty perspective, when you look at year-over-year data, Florida's rise in unemployment from 4.2 percent to 6.6 percent led all other states.

Since September 2007, the state has lost 115,500 jobs, also leading the nation.

Jeff Harrington can be reached at or (727) 893-8242.

21 states' job-loss data worse than Florida's 10/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 7:15am]
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