As the Obama administration struggles to fix the economy, fifteen US states hit 10 percent unemployment, the US Labor Department says.
The department announced on Friday that unemployment topped 10 percent in 15 states across America and the District of Columbia for the month of June.
In Michigan, the jobless rate surpassed 15 percent. It is the first time in 25 years that any US state has been challenged with an unemployment rate so high, ever since 1984 in West Virginia.
The other 14 states are Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The previous report in May recorded thirteen states and the District of Columbia surpassing a jobless rate of 10 percent. Alabama and Georgia joined the latest list in June.
The Federal Reserve this week projected that the national unemployment rate, currently at a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, will pass 10 percent by the end of this year.
Most Federal policymakers say it could take “five or six years” for the economy and the labor market to get back on a path of long-term health.
President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, said that the administration and other independent forecasters had underestimated job losses.
He said it was unclear why employers had shed so many workers in this downturn, the New York Times reported