US jobless at record high in eight states

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The Independent Online

Signs that unemployment pains may be easing in individual US states in April disappeared by May, when jobless rates jumped in 48 states and the District of Columbia, according to data released on Friday.

Michigan – home to the struggling car giants General Motors and Chrysler – reported the highest jobless rate of 14.1 per cent. Eight states reported record highs and the only states not to see increases were Vermont and Nebraska. The national unemployment rate last month in the US was 9.4 per cent.