Georgia has the highest unemployment rate in the nation

Georgia's 8.1 percent unemployment rate is the highest in the nation, according to a federal report released this morning.

The surprising increase in the jobless rate became fodder for Georgia's top political candidates, as Gov. Nathan Deal suggested that politicking was behind the "historically faulty" data and Democrat Jason Carter accused him of a scattershot economic philosophy.

Georgia had the second-worst jobless rate, behind only Mississippi, for the month of July. But Mississippi's rate improved to 7.9 percent in August, while Georgia's ticked up a few tenths of a percent.

Democratic Party chair DuBose Porter had this take on the numbers: "You know it's bad when Mississippi is saying, 'Thank goodness for Georgia.'"

Unemployment Rates for States

Unemployment Rates for States

Monthly Rankings

Seasonally Adjusted

Aug. 2014p

Rank State Rate
1 NORTH DAKOTA 2.8
2 NEBRASKA 3.6
2 SOUTH DAKOTA 3.6
2 UTAH 3.6
5 VERMONT 4.1
6 HAWAII 4.3
6 MINNESOTA 4.3
8 NEW HAMPSHIRE 4.4
9 IOWA 4.5
10 WYOMING 4.6
11 IDAHO 4.7
11 MONTANA 4.7
11 OKLAHOMA 4.7
14 KANSAS 4.9
15 COLORADO 5.1
16 TEXAS 5.3
17 MAINE 5.6
17 VIRGINIA 5.6
17 WASHINGTON 5.6
17 WISCONSIN 5.6
21 OHIO 5.7
22 INDIANA 5.8
22 LOUISIANA 5.8
22 MASSACHUSETTS 5.8
22 PENNSYLVANIA 5.8
26 ARKANSAS 6.3
26 FLORIDA 6.3
26 MISSOURI 6.3
29 MARYLAND 6.4
29 NEW YORK 6.4
29 SOUTH CAROLINA 6.4
32 DELAWARE 6.5
33 CONNECTICUT 6.6
33 NEW JERSEY 6.6
33 WEST VIRGINIA 6.6
36 ILLINOIS 6.7
36 NEW MEXICO 6.7
38 ALASKA 6.8
38 NORTH CAROLINA 6.8
40 ALABAMA 6.9
41 ARIZONA 7.1
41 KENTUCKY 7.1
43 OREGON 7.2
44 CALIFORNIA 7.4
44 MICHIGAN 7.4
44 TENNESSEE 7.4
47 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 7.6
47 NEVADA 7.6
49 RHODE ISLAND 7.7
50 MISSISSIPPI 7.9
51 GEORGIA 8.1

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About the Author

Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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