NYS jobless rate rises sharply, while most others drop

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 6:53 AM EDT

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NYS jobless rate rises sharply, while most others drop

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 6:53 AM EDT


Only three states had their unemployment rates rise on a year-to-year basis in June -- and New York is among them.

New York's jobless rate climbed seven-tenths of a percentage point between June 2011 and June 2012, the sharpest increase in any state, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The other rises occurred in Louisiana and New Jersey, whose rates both went up by two-tenths of a point.

New York's unemployment rate of 8.2 percent in June 2011 increased to 8.9 percent last month. The latter was the ninth-worst jobless rate in any state.

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